Founder of Welsh Animation Industry Receives Special Award; Bafta Honours S4C's Retiring Director
Byline: Karen Price
CHRIS GRACE, the pioneer of the Welsh animation industry, last night received a Bafta special award for his outstanding creative contribution over the past 30 years to children's programming.
S4C's retiring director of animation received the award at The British Academy Children's Film and Television Awards at London's Hilton Hotel.
He recently announced his retirement from S4C after working with the channel from the day it was launched 21 years ago.
His commissions for S4C have led to two Oscar nominations, four Bafta awards and 10 prime-time Emmys.
Grace says, 'I was humbled and flattered by the award and feel very proud to be recognised by my peers and Bafta after 35 years in the industry.
'The award is a recognition of the world-class status of the Welsh animation industry and a celebration of the contribution made by over 30 countries to this unique cannon of work.'
His first commission for S4C was SuperTed, the first programme to be screened on the channel on its inaugural night on November 1, 1982.
SuperTed, the first British animation to be acquired by the Disney Channel in the US, effectively kick-started the Welsh animation industry, leading to other classics such as Fireman Sam, Legend of Lochnagar, Shakespeare: The Animated Tales and The Miracle Maker. …