AAN & Animation Magazine partnership to grow African industry reach
Fri, 03 Nov 2017 10:10
AAN and the worlds oldest and most prestigious animation-centric publication,
Animation Magazine (AniMag), have struck a deal that will lead to the launch (30
November, 2017) of a dedicated African Animation Network section on
AnimationMagazine.net. This will be the platform through which AAN will communicate
with the global industry.
Low Flow of Information:
At the moment there are only a few studios on the continent that have information on
their projects, staff, projects and processes readily available. This means that there is
a low flow of information to any potential audience, investors or to the world about
the state of the industry in Africa.
AniMag is the industry-leading source for the global animation industry. This monthly
publication has been relied upon by studios, producers, entertainment industry
executives, and artists for news, insights, and information on animation globally for
President and publisher of Animation Magazine, Jean Thoren said; AniMag has been
an integral part of the global animation industry since its inception. More recently we
have been receiving and covering stories from Africa. We think were only scratching
the surface at a time when the animation sector in Africa is beginning to take shape.
This partnership with AAN will chronicle the development of the African animation
industry and the giant strides it is taking in joining the global community.
It is important for Africa to change perceptions of itself globally. And, more
specifically, to profile the standard of work being done on the continent by animation
professionals. The intention of AAN is, through the flow of information from our
shores, to help create opportunities for African animation and graphics studios to work
with international producers, studios and broadcasters.
According to AANs project manager, Nick Wilson; The African animation industry is
experiencing phenomenal growth. We have untapped human capital, exponential
audience growth and surging urbanisation- all drivers toward a sustainable industry
and generous long term return on investment. At AAN we believe that the reason that
there is not wholesale investment in the sector currently across the continent is that
investors dont understand our value proposition and have largely never heard of us.
This partnership with AniMag intends to change that.
To shed more light on the industry for both local and international players, AAN will
start by publishing one story a week. These will range from profiles to industry news.
AAN events will also be added to the annual Animation Magazine Calendar. Through it,
any event submitted to AAN will be added. Due to the nature of publishing, all
relevant events need to be submitted to AAN before the end of November for inclusion
in the printed calendar. In the coming months, AAN will increase the number and
variety of its stories on AnimationMagazine.net, with the intent of growing the
partnership in step with the African animation industry.
Call for Content:
To lead the way in this venture, AAN has appointed a new communications manager,
Garland-Waide Bradford. Bradford has written for animated TV series in the past and
more recently completed his BA Honours in Media Studies through UNISA. His
experience includes working as a communication strategist, and the management of
media in various phases of the production and broadcast value chain.
Bradford said: I am passionate about contributing towards the creation of an African
animation industry that can sustain itself. AAN encapsulates many of the ideals that I
have regarding the empowerment of African (animation) storytellers. I am really
excited about this venture and invite national associations, studios, producers,
freelancers, journalists and bloggers to submit their content for potential