Dublin Animation Film Festival 2017

The brilliant Dublin Animation Film Festival celebrates its 7th birthday this year.
The festival runs from Friday the 20th to Saturday the 21st October featuring talks from Michael Dudok de Wit among others.
You can check out full details for the festival and purchase tickets here:
Boulder Media will be hosting the after party in The Forty Foot (Weatherspoons)  from 7.30pm on Saturday so come and join us.
Hope to see you there!

Animation Skillnet Bootcamps in conjunction with Boulder Media!

Content posted from the Animation Skillnet: http://animationskillnet.ie/animation-bootcamps-2017/
Animation Skillnet in collaboration with Boulder Media, and with support from the BAI, are running a series of Animation Bootcamps from Monday 22nd May to Friday 23rd June 2017.


Each Bootcamp will involve one week of specialist training in a key area of animation production delivered by an industry professional from Boulder Media or another animation studio.

Each Bootcamp will run for one full week from Monday-Friday, each day from 9am-5pm (except for the Compositing Bootcamp which will run for 4 days).

The Bootcamps will run as follows:

Week of 22nd May – One week of Harmony Animation with Graham Tormey (Harmony Animation Lead at Boulder Media).
Week of 29th May – One week of Harmony Rigging with Stephen O’Keeffe (Harmony Rigging Lead at Boulder Media) and Chris Carter (Harmony Rigger and Scripter at Boulder Media).
Week of 5th June – 4 Days (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) of Compositing using After Effects (Monday 5th June is a bank holiday) with Ed Smith (Post Production Supervisor at Boulder Media).
Week of 12th June – One week of Backgrounds/Layout using Photoshop with Fran Johnston (Backgrounds/Layout Supervisor with Boulder Media).
Week of 19th June – One week of Storyboarding using Storyboard Pro with Patrick O’Callaghan (Freelance Storyboard Artist for Jam Media, Treehouse Republic, Telegael and Geronimo).
Week of 19th June – One week of Production Management with Leon Elliott (Production Manager at Boulder Media), Ronan McCabe (Media Consultant, Producer and Treasurer of Animation Ireland), Daniel Spencer (Freelance Producer) and Jamie K. Bolio (Founder – 62 George Street).
Each Bootcamp will involve classes with industry tutors as well as plenty of hands on practice in class with ongoing feedback from tutors. The aim at the end of each Bootcamp is that participants will be better prepared to attain a job with Boulder Media or another studio. Each participant will also finish each Bootcamp with work for their portfolio as well as portfolio advice from the tutor (except in the case of the Production Management Bootcamp).

Finally, at the end of each Bootcamp, each participant will be given the opportunity to complete and submit a test to Boulder Media. Those who complete a successful test will be offered an interview for a job with Boulder Media. Please note that no test will be offered to those doing the Production Management Bootcamp.

Those who complete the Animation Bootcamp will be given the opportunity to complete and submit a test to Boulder Media. Those who complete a successful test will be offered a place on Boulder Media’s internal 3 week internship which will lead to an interview for a role with Boulder Media who are currently seeking to recruit 20 animators.


The cost for each Bootcamp is as follows: 100 Euro per weekly Bootcamp.


Graduates from animation, games, VFX and other related courses who are interested in being considered for a place on one or more of the Animation Bootcamps should apply at the link below by Friday 12th May.

Applicants must include a link to an online CV or LinkedIn profile and a link to an online showreel or digital portfolio in their application.

Animation Skillnet and Boulder Media will select participants for each Bootcamp from those who apply. Successful applicants will be notified asap before each Bootcamp starts.

Please note that applicants can apply to more than one Bootcamp, but should only apply for Bootcamps that they are generally interested in and have the right skills for. There are 16 places available on each Bootcamp.

If you’re interested in being considered for a place on one or more of the Animation Bootcamps, please apply here now:

Boulder Media Significantly Expands Dublin Studio

Boulder Media Significantly Expands Dublin Animation Studio with Additional Crew and New Space

Press Release via the IDA re. Boulder’s expansion →

DUBLIN and PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Boulder Media, which was acquired in 2016 by Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), is adding several new animation positions to its operations in Dublin. To house the expanded team, Boulder Media will be relocating to a larger studio space in the summer.

The Studio, which currently employs a crew of 160, is ramping up its hiring significantly to support its growing production pipeline. Boulder Media is currently recruiting for positions in conceptual design, 2D and 3D animation, as well as animated CG feature film.

We couldn’t be more thrilled about the opportunities we can offer our crew,” said Robert Cullen, creative director, Boulder Media. “We’re bringing to life some of the world’s most famous and popular brands here in Dublin. It’s unique and very special both for our studio and the local industry.”

The Studio’s expansion will support a growing slate of entertainment around Hasbro brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP and MICRONAUTS, as well as animated series on behalf of third-party clients.

At Hasbro, we are very fortunate to have an extraordinarily robust brand portfolio, and we’re excited to be working with the team at Boulder to bring our brands to life through storytelling for more audiences through more platforms than ever before,” said Stephen Davis, executive vice president and chief content officer, Hasbro, Inc. “As we build our storytelling capabilities across TV, film, digital and social media, we’re looking to add talented, passionate, perpetually curious crew to our award-winning team of animators.”

Speaking about the announcement, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D said,

“This is a great announcement for Boulder Media and is an important next step for the Dublin operation in terms of the scope, scale and intensity of activity at the studio. This expansion will allow for future job growth and increase the numbers of films produced by this Company. I wish all the team the very best at this exciting time for the company.”
Hasbro is a client of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.

Commenting on the expansion, Martin Shanahan, CEO, IDA Ireland said,

“The expansion adds critical mass to a thriving Irish animation sector, further highlighting Ireland’s place as one of the most dynamic and creative hubs in the world.”
Interested parties can view available positions at www.bouldermedia.tv; or email jobs@bouldermedia.tv.

About Hasbro

Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World’s Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands, including NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and MAGIC: THE GATHERING. The Company’s Hasbro Studios and its film label, Allspark Pictures, are building its brands globally through great storytelling and content on all screens. Through its commitment to corporate social responsibility and philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to make the world a better place for children and their families. Learn more at www.hasbro.com, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).

About Boulder

Boulder Media is a multi-award winning Irish animation company based in Dublin. One of Ireland’s largest animation studios, it has produced many great shows for Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, BBC and Disney, including Wander Over Yonder for Disney, and Go Jetters and Danger Mouse for BBC. 

Go Jetters has been nominated for a BAFTA

Great news at Boulder Media as Go Jetters picks up a BAFTA nomination for Best Preschool Animation.

The geography based TV series follows the plucky quartet of heroes Xuli, Kyan, Lars and Foz as they travel the world with their teacher, mentor and friend, Ubercorn – a funky disco-grooving unicorn.

A collaboration between Giant Animation and Boulder Media for the BBC. Go Jetters airs on the CBeebies channel.

Check out the super fun Go Jetters’ website where you and your friends can star in your own Go Jetters sequence. We had a lot of fun with that!




Danger Mouse Picks Up Two IFTA TV nominations

Exciting news as Danger Mouse picks up two IFTA TV nominations for Best Animation and Best Sound.

Danger Mouse is an action packed reboot of the classic show, which has been topping the ratings chart since its return to TV on CBBC last year.

The series revolves around the exploits of Danger Mouse the “World’s greatest secret agent”, and his hamster sidekick Penfold; who protect the world from all sorts of danger, most often from his arch-nemesis, Baron von Greenback; with support from their boss, Colonel K, and the genius scientist Professor Squawkencluck.


Boulder are looking for Props Designers

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Boulder Media are recruiting for the position of PROPS DESIGNER.

Working in a busy creative environment, the successful candidate will work on a new high profile series which is being created in Toon Boom Harmony.


  • The Props Designer will work to a brief provided by Production Management.
  • They will report to the Art Director and take feedback/notes from the Art Director as required.
  • The brief will be provided on a per episode basis and will comprise both the content necessary to be designed and also a reasonable time allowance to complete the work.
  • Any difficulties in understanding the requirements of the brief must be reported as soon as possible and all work must be submitted to Production Management for approval from the show’s director.
  • Amendments or revisions may be required which will be factored into subsequent work briefings.
  • Boulder Media Limited’s opinion will be final in all matters of artistic judgement and the Props Designer acknowledges this and agrees to follow all artistic instructions.
  • The Prop Designer is responsible for ensuring all naming conventions are followed and proper file management is followed.


  • Comfortable in working to tight deadlines
  • You must have excellent drawing skills with a great sense of colour, design, perspective, staging, camera placement and composition
  • Strong communication skills
  • A good working knowledge of Toonboom Harmony is not necessary but would be a distinct advantage when applying

To Apply: If you think you fit the description above please forward your CV, cover letter and links to your demo reel/portfolio/website to ali@bouldermedia.tv remembering to put “Props Designer” in the subject line.

This role is only open to applicants willing to relocate to Ireland if required and all applicants must be eligible to work within EEA.

This company is an equal opportunities employer.

Hasbro Acquires Boulder Media Animation Studio

Hasbro Expands TV and Feature Film Capabilities with Purchase of Irish Animation Studio

July 13, 2016 02:44 PM Eastern Daylight Time

PAWTUCKET, R.I.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) today announced that it has acquired Boulder Media, a multi-award winning Irish animation company based in Dublin. Boulder has produced a variety of award-winning series for Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Disney and BBC. As a wholly-owned subsidiary, Boulder will continue to produce animated series on behalf of third-party clients, in addition to producing animation projects for Hasbro’s best-known brands. Terms of the transaction, which closed on July 13, 2016, were not disclosed.

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“At Hasbro, we’re building our brands through storytelling, and today, we’re telling richer stories across more platforms than ever before,” said Brian Goldner, Hasbro’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are also reinventing traditional modalities of animation production, both creatively and financially. With Boulder, we will deliver the highest quality animation that will engage our audiences with deep storytelling and great characters in a very cost-efficient manner.”

Founded in 2000 by Robert Cullen, Boulder is one of the fastest growing animation studios in Ireland with approximately 150 full-time employees. Boulder will retain its brand and report into Stephen Davis who leads Hasbro’s entertainment and consumer products licensing division. In February 2016, Hasbro was ranked No. 3 on Fast Company’s list of Most Innovative Companies in Hollywood.

“As one of the largest independent studios producing animation in Hollywood, the time is right for Hasbro to acquire its own animation studio, allowing us to expand our animation and storytelling capabilities even further,” said Stephen Davis, Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer, Hasbro. “In Boulder, we have found one of the most progressive, innovative and creative teams in the business. We are thrilled to partner with Rob Cullen, Pete Lewis, Jenni MacNeaney and the entire Boulder team as we significantly enhance the execution of our story-led Brand Blueprint strategy.”

“Boulder and Hasbro have ambitious plans for growth, and working together, we will substantially expand our team and our business,” said Robert Cullen, Creative Director, Boulder. “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to bring to life the Hasbro stories and characters that mean so much to our team, and join a company that’s emerging as an entertainment powerhouse.”

About Hasbro

Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global company committed to Creating the World’s Best Play Experiences by leveraging its beloved brands, including LITTLEST PET SHOP, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, MONOPOLY, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF, PLAY-DOH and TRANSFORMERS, and premier partner brands. From toys and games, television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and consumer product licensing, Hasbro fulfills the fundamental need for play and connection with children and families around the world. The Company’s Hasbro Studios and its film label, Allspark Pictures, create entertainment brand-driven storytelling across mediums, including television, film, digital and more. Through the company’s commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families. Learn more at www.hasbro.com, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).

About Hasbro Studios and Allspark Pictures

Hasbro Studios is responsible for entertainment, brand-driven storytelling for Hasbro across television, commercial productions and short-form content. It develops, produces and distributes content based on Hasbro’s world class brands, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, and LITTLEST PET SHOP. Many of its series air on Discovery Family Channel and on networks and digital platforms in more than 190 territories globally. Since its formation in 2009, the studio has received ten Daytime Emmy wins.

On the film side through its film label Allspark Pictures, the Company has developed and produced a number of features based on Hasbro’s brands. Films in development or planned for release include OUIJA 2 (Universal), MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE (Lionsgate), MAGIC: THE GATHERING (21st Century Fox), PLAY-DOH (21st Century Fox), TRANSFORMERS 5, 6 and 7 (Paramount) and the Cinematic Universe (Paramount) which includes GI JOE, MICRONAUTS, M.A.S.K, ROM and VISIONARIES.

About Boulder Media

Boulder Media is a multi-award winning Irish animation company based in Dublin. One of Ireland’s largest animation studios, it has produced many great shows for Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, BBC and Disney, including Wander Over Yonder for Disney, and Go Jetters and Danger Mouse for BBC. Learn more at www.bouldermedia.tv/.

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