Jun 16 , 2020

Producing TV during COVID: Making long form animation

  • When: 16th Jun 2020, 11:30-12:45
  • Organised by: ScreenSkills
  • Location: Online
  • Price: Free
  • Age: 18+

Blue Zoo was founded in 2000 by classmates Oli Hyatt, Adam Shaw and Tom Box whilst they were studying animation at Bournemouth University. The company has gone on to become one of the UK’s leading animation studios, producing some of the most well-loved kids shows on TV, award-winning commercials, and animated short films renowned for unique visual storytelling and innovation. They have continued to produce programming, including The Adventures of Paddington, throughout the pandemic.

This session is part of our Producing TV during Covid strand. Do check out our other sessions this week on Socially Distant with Susan Calman & Spring at Jimmy’s FarmDispatches - Britain’s Coronavirus Catastrophe & The Country That Beat The Virus, Keeping Britain Fed with Directors UK and Making ITV’s ‘Tonight’ during lockdown.


Tom Box started Blue Zoo Animation with three classmates whilst at studying at Bournemouth University 17 years ago, the company is now one of the biggest CG animation studios in the UK; picking up a few BAFTAs along the way. Tom sits on the creative fence between the commercials and technology side of the studio and runs the company’s short film programme.

This session will be chaired by animation producer Anna Lord.

This event is supported by the ScreenSkills Television Skills Fund which invests in training for the freelance television workforce thanks to contributions from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

It is part of a ScreenSkills programme managed by the Indie Training Fund to support freelancers to upskill and stay connected, helping keep the industry resilient in these difficult times.

This session will take place online via Zoom. Click ‘get ticket’ to reserve your place: you must login or register before you are able to get a ticket for this event. A booking confirmation with a joining link to the session will be sent to you via email.

If you are no longer able to use your ticket, we ask you to please contact support@screenskills.com so that we can release your place. Our sessions are often oversubscribed, so we’d like to give other freelancers the opportunity to fill available spots. Thank you for your consideration.