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Kids NI TV producers to Brexit-proof with Dublin studio

By Emma Deighan

A Northern Ireland animation company is opening a Dublin-based studio to safeguard its business against Brexit.

Sixteen South, the firm behind Lily's Driftwood Bay and new production Wildwoods, said the move would allow it to avail of European talent that might not be accessible post-Brexit.

Colin Williams, founder of the company - which was set up in 2008 - said having an EU presence would also allow it to work across both territories.

He said: "We don't have any definitive plans for the size of the operation in Dublin but it will be dependent on the work we do there.

"The reasons for it are availability of talent, tax incentives and protection of European identity."

He said over half of his employees are from outside Northern Ireland and it was important that trading to the EU remained viable.

"We need to make sure that we can continue to employ the best people for the job. We also need to stay European-based because we sell our shows to EU broadcasters who have a commitment to buy shows made in Europe," said Mr Williams.

Opening a Dublin studio could see the business increase its workforce from 140 to 200, it was reported.

Meanwhile the studio has struck a three-year deal with a Chinese entertainment company, UYoung, which acquired the company's Lily's Driftwood Bay for distribution in China. The companies are expected to produce at least two shows together.

It also launched its Wildwoods puppet show on RTE recently.

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