Prolific U.K. animation studio Cosgrove Hall Films has a new managing director in Anthony Utley, the former worldwide director of TV distribution for BBC Worldwide. Utley will officially join the Cosgrove Hall team in early October.
Manchester-based Cosgrove Hall, wholly owned by Granada, ITV’s production division, produces hand-drawn 2D, stop-motion and CG animation. The studio has put its stamp on numerous award winning productions from classics such as DangerMouse and Wind in the Willows to the more recent Andy Pandy, Bill and Ben, Engie Benjy, Little Robots and Postman Pat.
Utley was ushered to Cosgrove Hall by John Whiston, Granada’s director of drama arts and kids. Whiston comments, ‘We are delighted that Anthony is joining Cosgrove Hall Films as MD. His combination of experience in international co-production and his feel for the specialized area of preschool and animation will help drive CHF forward into its next phase while building on all that is great (and small!) about the company."