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

Press Release via the IDA re. Boulder’s expansion: http://www.idaireland.com/newsroom/boulder-media-significant/index.xml

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 Media

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. Learn more at www.bouldermedia.tv/.

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!

www.gojetters.com

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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.

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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.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • 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.

PERSON SPECIFICATION:

  • 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/.

© 2016 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Contacts

Press Contact: Hasbro, Inc. Julie Duffy, 401-727-5931 julie.duffy@hasbro.com or Investor Contact: Hasbro, Inc. Debbie Hancock, 401-727-5464 debbie.hancock@hasbro.com

 

Blue Peter

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After almost a year of waiting we can finally and very excitedly say that Boulder Media will be featured on tomorrows episode of Blue Peter!

The legendary kids show paid us a visit back in April to have a behind the scenes look at where and how Danger Mouse gets made.

Such a fun visit and a lucky few of the Boulder crew even managed to get their hands on some much coveted Blue Peter badges, one of which can be seen modelled by the lovely Melissa above.

So if you want a sneaky peak behind the scenes of Danger Mouse don’t forget to tune into cBBC at 5pm tomorrow.

Boulder are looking for experienced 3D Lighters

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We are looking for experienced 3D Lighters to work on our exciting new 3D show.

The successful candidate will have the following skills and characteristics:

  • A solid level of experience with 3ds Max and 3D software in general
  • A good understanding of lighting and shading in Corona Renderer and Mental Ray
  • Have a good understanding of multi-pass rendering and ensuring shots are delivered to a high standard to the compositors
  • Have a good artistic eye for lighting, cinematography and composition. Photography experience is a plus here
  • Be able to troubleshoot problems and have the desire to learn from other members on the team
  • Be able to consistently hit the daily required number of shots and keep on top of deadlines

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 “3D Lighter” 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.

Ever thought of taking a Wander Over Yonder?

Boulder Media are looking for experienced Harmony animators to work on the fantastic Second Season of Wander Over Yonder!

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The ideal candidate will have the skills and characteristics listed below:

  • Proven Harmony software skills, preferably on a long form animation series
  • A strong understanding of the Harmony animation package
  • A strong grasp of the basic animation fundamentals and a great work ethic
  • Must be able to work to a weekly quota
  • Must have good creative vision and be detail orientated
  • Must be flexible, willing to learn and self-motivated
  • Be able to work within a Production Schedule
  • Must have good interpersonal skills

If you think you have the necessary skills and are interested in applying please forward your cv and cover letter to ali@bouldermedia.tv

Don’t forget to include links to your harmony specific work examples, your portfolio/reel and/or website and please remember to write “Harmony Animator” in the email subject line.