Aardman To Exit UK?
Aardman Animations' head of TV warns that the company may have to outsource its stop-frame animations to foreign parts, because this labour-intensive technique is becoming too expensive in the UK. While films made in the UK can receive a 15-20% tax credit from the Government, UK TV animation gets nothing. And foreign TV cartoon shows are cheaper. Some of them receive government subsidies. If art as quintessentially English as Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep are forced abroad to find cheap animators, it will be bad news for the Brit. economy and for our heritage. Animation Alliance UK has presented the case for helping British talent in its report Securing The Future Of TV Animation In The UK. Will the Treasury take heed?