UK-based IP incubator Wildseed Studios announces a raft of six new pilots, including a new animation from Tom Gran and Martin Woolley (AKA the Spin Kick Bros) and animation from award-winning director Matthew Walker.
London, UK – creator-led next-gen IP incubator Wildseed Studios, newly launched in June, announced details of six new pilots, including a new animated sitcom, Astronauts, from award-winning animation director Matthew Walker, and three new animated series from the Spin Kick Bros.
Bristol based animators Tom Gran and Martin Woolley, AKA the Spin Kick Bros, fresh from making their first show for Cartoon Hangover in the US, have been signed to Wildseed Studios for three pilots. The new shows are Lone Wolves, a sitcom about a family of hard-as-nails bikers trying to live together; Rajesh Finesse, an Anglo-Indian aristo cad getting in and out of scrapes with his gentlemanly English manservant; and Buck and Rick, a serialised western-style revenge comedy about improbable twins out to avenge the murder of their mother.
“As soon as we met with Tom and Martin we knew we were in the presence of some serious talent – it’s not every day you come across three fully formed brilliant, irreverent, wicked shows boxed up and ready to go. We didn’t play it cool – we jumped straight in!” said Wildseed Creative Director Jesse Cleverly. “Adult animation is a massive category globally, and represents a huge untapped opportunity for Wildseed Studios – it is a genre we are determined to unlock in the UK.”
Wildseed Studios has also signed Astronauts, an animation series based on the acclaimed short from Bristol-based animation director Matthew Walker. The studios are in advanced discussion with A-list American voice talent and networks to develop Astronauts into an adult animated TV about a mismatched pair of astronauts on a chaotic spaceship with an incompetent crew and psychotic robot whose “kill instinct,” it constantly reassures the crew, “has been almost completely suppressed.”
“We invested in Astronauts after seeing the short film which we loved for the wonderful characters Matthew had created and the potential for expansion is represents,” Cleverly commented.
All the content Wildseed is creating with these artists will be available to view across the company’s digital platforms in early 2014.
“Our first six months has all been about rolling out our proposition to the creative community,” said Miles Bullough, Wildseed Studio’s Managing Director. “We’ve had a really positive response to our offer and now, as well as maintaining the flow of new ideas coming into the Company, we can ramp up our production pipeline and start setting up our distribution channels. It’s going to be a very busy and very exciting second six months for Wildseed.”
Wildseed Studios is looking for ideas in four genres: Genre Fiction (Sci-Fi/horror/fantasy), Animated Sitcom, Character Comedy and then also comedy for Kids 6-11 in both live action and animation. Visit wildseedstudios.com to submit your fresh original idea.
Source: Wildseed Studios
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.