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Aardman Animation Declares "Crisis" in UK TV Animation Industry; Considering Moving Animation Offshore

In an interview with Radio 4’s World This Weekend, Aardman Animation TV head Miles Bullough stated that a “crisis” existed in the United Kingdom’s TV animation industry, stating that homegrown animated programming was being lost through outsourcing or being replaced with cheaper, foreign animation. Among the facts cited for his assertion were that Aardman has been considering whether to move its stop-motion animation to overseas studios, US toymaker Mattel’s acquisition of Britan’s HIT Entertainment, and the shuttering of Cosgrove Hall. Bullough also stated the fact that the UK subsidizes feature animation with a 15-20% tax credit, while TV animation receives nothing, while Canada, Ireland, and France all receive government aid for producing TV animation.

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