AARDMAN’S PARTNER CONTENT DIVISION EXPANDS INTO NEW TERRITORIES AND ADDS TALENT TO DIRECTORIAL ROSTER
ardman have today announced that they have hired Jungler to represent the studio and its pool of directors in France. Jungler, based in Paris, is a visual production company with an in-house animation studio, creating commercials, music videos, fiction and digital experiences.
They already represent an exclusive roster of directors and artists, for all types of animation and are now representing Aardman’s commercials directors for the French advertising market.
Sebastien Pribile and Sun Limet, Co-Founders and Executive Producers, Jungler said: “We are extremely happy and proud of representing Aardman in France. Aardman is legendary British studio, with a creativity that knows no bounds, and always that impertinent, great English humour. Who hasn’t been touched by Wallace & Gromit and laughed in front of Chicken Run? More than a legend, they are a true institution within the Animation world. We admire and can’t wait to work with all their incredible talents, it is for us a real inspiration. And last but not least, we are truly honoured by Aardman’s trust in us.”
Aardman’s partner content division produces a wide variety of content and interactive experiences for high profile brands and leading organisations for a global market. To date, the studios third party output has predominantly been for the UK, US and Canada but in recent years the division have been working on campaigns for Germany, Sweden, Australia and China. Heather Wright, Executive Producer & Head of Partner Content explains why it was key for Aardman to have representation in France; “We have long been admirers of the French schools of animation and advertising but we have not had active representation in France for a long time. Jungler are one of the most creative and innovative studios in Paris, and their impressive body of work demonstrates the highest production values and attention to film making craft. We are excited to be collaborating with them in this exclusive partnership.”
Alongside this push to drive additional business in new territories, Aardman have also signed some exciting new talent to their growing UK directorial roster. Rebecca Manley, an award-winning director who was selected as BAFTA Guru Pro Emerging Talent in Film in 2016, has previously directed commercials for top brands including Starbucks, Hershey’s, Google, P&G, Sony, Kraft and FIFA. Rebecca’s work is bursting with imagination and creative flair and the tactile, crafted quality that characterizes her filmmaking approach gives her unique worlds, and the characters she creates, a charming universal appeal. Simone Giampaolo is an award-winning Director and Animator from Switzerland with an insatiable appetite for storytelling. With particular strengths in comedy character animation and story, his films take place in unique beautifully designed settings. Previously at Blue-Zoo Studios, Simone has worked with clients such as Cartoon Network, Disney, LEGO, Nickelodeon, Pokémon, Marvel, Lucasfilm and the BBC.
On the new directing talent Wright added: “Increasingly we are looking for Directors who are able to conceptualise and invent stories from the most basic brief. The ability to understand what the core message of a short film or commercial is and interrogate the best way of telling the story is a rare one. Rebecca and Simone are especially valuable additions to our roster because they both have this ability to think at a higher level and deliver engaging work.”