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STUDIO 100 GROUP BACKS AUSTRALIAN CEO IN GLOBAL EXPANSION

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After record turnover in 2018, Studio 100 Group expands international business and production capabilities;

Barbara Stephen, made Content CEO of Studio 100 International Group and Alexia Gates-Foale to Head of Animation Production for Flying Bark Productions.

…We absolutely trust in Barbara to lead our content and production teams across the globe. The Board and I are very optimistic about the future, while being grateful for the hard work of our staff and what was achieved so far. And we believe that the best is yet to come!
— Hans Bourlon, previous CEO of Studio 100 Group

In addition to her role as CEO for Sydney based Flying Bark Productions, Ms Stephen will assume executive management of all development, investment and animation production across the creative businesses including Studio 100 Animation (Paris), Studio Isar Animation (Munich) and Little Airplane Productions (New York).

The company has also backed the major expansion of Flying Bark Productions’ in-house animation capabilities which now includes the new appointment of Alexia Gates-Foale as Head of Animation Production.

Leading a team of almost 300 people, Ms Foale will help develop greater expertise and long-term employment opportunities for the local Sydney studio across the hand-drawn 2D animation and in-house CGI teams.  

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Flying Bark Productions has worked hard to develop a strong culture of creativity and inclusiveness with a focus on delivering world-class content across hand-drawn 2D and CGI character animation. Alexia has been pivotal in shaping the modern studio and will continue to provide strong leadership and creative vision for our future direction.
— Barbara Stephen, Content CEO of Studio 100 International and CEO of Flying Bark Productions.
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FLYING BARK'S JEFFREY LAI NOMINATED FOR AN ANNIE AWARD!

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Congratulations Jeffrey!

Flying Bark’s very talented Jeffrey Lai has been nominated for an Annie Award in the category of ‘Outstanding Achievement for Animated Effects in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production’ for his work on The Rise of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Check out all nominees here!

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Rise of TMNT: ANIMATION STUDIO TOUR

Have you ever wondered how the show was animated?

Check out this great video by the Nickelodeon team when they came to visit our studios earlier this year. Ant Ward, co-executive producer at Nickelodeon, takes you on a tour of the Flying Bark studios in sunny Sydney, Australia where all the animation happens. 

Click the link below to watch!

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Barker's Wow fans at Vidcon in Melbourne!

This awesome duo, wowed everyone with their amazing talent at Vidcon! Rocking it at the Nickelodeon booth for TMNT, Kit and Christian brought their game faces.

Vidcon is the world's largest event for online video! First held in July 2010 in Southern California the event has become a huge hit for those wanting to meet both creators and viewers of the online video industry. 

Read all about the event here!

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Maya The Bee: The Honey Games wins SILVER for Feature Film Animation at the AEAF 2018 awards

BEE WHIZ!

August 30th was jam packed at the Chauvel Cinema in Paddington as a large crowd attended the AEAF Awards. 

Flying Bark and Studio B Animation won the Silver Award in Feature Film Animation for 'Maya the Bee: The Honey Games'!

Check out all the news here!

The honey's on us guys!

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MAYA THE BEE: THE HONEY GAMES WILL PREMIERE AT SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL, 6-17 JUNE!

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The 65th Sydney Film Festival announced a sneak peek of this year’s essential viewing, including the premiere of Maya THE BEE: The Honey Games, to be featured in this year’s 6-17 June event.

After the huge success of the first film, Maya the Bee - First Flight with almost 5 million cinema goers worldwide, our plucky bee is ready to conquer the world with her second movie, The Honey Games. In this new Maya the Bee adventure, the overenthusiastic Maya accidentally embarrasses the Empress of Buzztropolis, then is forced to unite with a team of misfit bugs and compete in the Honey Games for a chance to save her hive.

Maya the bee: The Honey Games is a new family adventure, for kids aged three and up – voiced by an all-star Australian cast including Richard Roxburgh, The Umbilical Brothers’ Dave Collins and Shane Dundas, and Justine Clarke (ABC’s Play School) – from Australian animation veteran Noel Cleary (Blinky Bill).

The national cinema release will commence July 26th, but if you can’t wait until July, head to the Sydney Film Festival website  to find out preview dates during the Festival. 

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ANIMATED FAMILY FEATURE 100% WOLF RECEIVES PRODUCTION FUNDING

Screen Australia, in association with Screenwest and Create NSW, have announced production investment for animated feature 100% Wolf from Flying Bark Productions.

100% Wolf is based on the book of the same name by Western Australian author Jayne Lyons. The film will be directed by Alexs Stadermann and has been adapted for the big screen by longtime collaborator Fin Edquist, with Barbara Stephen and Alexia Gates-Foale producing.

The animated feature tells the story of Freddy Lupin, heir to the leadership of a proud family line of werewolves.  Positive he'll become the most fearsome werewolf ever, Freddy is in for a shock when on his 14th birthday his first ‘warfing’ goes awry, turning him into a ferocious… poodle.

The pack elders give Freddy until the next moonrise to prove he has the heart of a wolf, or risk being cast out forever. With the help of an unlikely ally in a streetwise stray named Batty, Freddy must prove he's 100% Wolf.

Check out the full story here

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Studio 100 Teases ‘Maya the Bee 2’, New Territories Signed

Studio 100 Film has released a new teaser trailer for its upcoming theatrical feature Maya the Bee – The Honey Games in the nick of time for the Cannes film market. The Munich-based company is handling international sales for the sequel, which is due for delivery by December 2017. 

New sales agreements for the film have also been cemented. Filmax has acquired theatrical, TV and home entertainment rights for The Honey Games in CIS territories, while Garsų pasaulio įrašai has likewise acquired the film for Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The second Maya movie has so far sold to 110 countries.

“We are delighted to win Filmax and Garsu Pasaulio Irasai, two highly valued partners, for the new theatrical feature of our popular little bee. Maya’s second adventure will be presented to audiences in Russia and the CIS territories as well as in the Baltics – we are convinced that Maya’s new movie will entertain children and families there,” comments Thorsten Wegener, Director Business Operations of Studio 100 Film.

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Studio 100 Lets the Fur Fly at Cannes with ‘100% Wolf’

Munich-based Studio 100 Film will present a new, comedic take on horror movie classics at this year’s Marché du Film in Cannes with 100% Wolf — a CG family feature based on the popular Australian children’s book by Jayne Lyons. The project is being produced by Aussie studio Flying Bark Productions, with Studio 100 Film as worldwide sales agent.

The story of 100% Wolf centers on Freddy Lupin, the heir to a proud family line of werewolves. Desperate to become a werewolf himself, Freddy is in for a shock when on his 13th birthday his first “transwolfation” goes awry, turning him into a ferocious… poodle. Just when Freddy thinks life can’t get any worse, he’s groomed against his will, chased into the streets and thrown into dog prison. Can Freddy and his new streetwise friend, Batty, escape? Who is the sinister man following his every move? Despite his pink and fluffy exterior, can Freddy prove he’s still 100% wolf?

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Flying Bark wins Premier’s NSW Export award!

Flying Bark Productions managing director Barbara Stephen has been named winner of the NSW Women in International Business category at the 2016 Premier’s NSW Export Awards. The announcement was made at a recent event in Sydney hosted by the Export Council of Australia.

Showcasing New South Wales’ top exporters across 22 categories, the 2016 Premier’s NSW Export Awards acknowledges businesses and individuals for the role they play in supporting Australia’s strongest state economy.

The content from Flying Bark Productions has travelled across 170 territories worldwide.

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