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Children's animation firm Sixteen South scoops yet another industry award


Sixteen South's creative director Colin Williams

Sixteen South's creative director Colin Williams

Sixteen South's creative director Colin Williams

A Belfast children's television production company has landed another top industry award.

Lily's Driftwood Bay, which is produced by Sixteen South, was named best pre-school series at the annual British Animation Awards (BAA) in London.

Sixteen South, which has also won awards for Sesame Tree - a co-production with the US team behind Sesame Street - just last month announced that it was trebling its number of employees as it moves to bigger premises at Bedford Street, Belfast.

Lily's Driftwood Bay has a star-studded voiceover cast, including Stephen Fry, Peter Mullan, Jane Horrocks and Richard Dormer.

Sixteen South's creative director Colin Williams said: "The BAAs are awards for our industry by our industry, and for our peers to recognise our work like this is so special. It takes more than 90 people more than two years to bring a series of Lily's Driftwood Bay to life, so this award has been earned by the whole Sixteen South family."

Sixteen South is in production with series two of the show, which launches this year.

It has been sold to more than 100 countries around the world, and airs on a range of channels including Nick Jr, RTE2 and Netflix.

Sixteen South, which currently employs 20 people, plans to treble its workforce in the next few months as it starts work on new productions.

Its show Big City Park won a Scottish Bafta for best children's programme in 2011, as well as an Irish Film and TV Award.