Brian Cosgrove honoured at the 2012 British Academy Children’s Awards
The BAFTA Special Award for outstanding creative contribution to the industry was presented to our very own, Brian Cosgrove.
The Award was presented by celebrated actor and life-long friend, Sir David Jason at the Awards Ceremony on Sunday 25 November at the London Hilton on Park Lane. Brian and David have worked together on several animated films and children’s programmes including The Wind in the Willows, The BFG, Count Duckula and DangerMouse.
Harvey Elliott, Chairman of BAFTA’s Children’s Committee says, ‘It gives the Academy great pleasure to honour the work of one of the country’s most respected and influential animators, and for the role that Cosgrove Hall has played in developing, nurturing and inspiring the next generation of animation talent.’
Fellow BAFTA Committee Member and Chairman of Animation UK, Oli Hyatt comments, ‘Brian Cosgrove is a legend to all animators and a founding father of the industry as we know it in this country today. You can track most of the talent that is working around the UK to Brian, through his studio Cosgrove Hall. His employees received both a sound grounding in the practical artistry of creating animation, but also the infectious passion and enthusiasm that rubbed off on everyone that met him’.
Brian formed Manchester based animation studio, Cosgrove Hall with his business partner Mark Hall in 1975. The studio quickly established itself as the leading producer of animated programmes in the UK and created shows and films that have entertained millions of people all over the world including DangerMouse, Bill and Ben, Noddy, Rainbow, Chorlton and the Wheelies and The BFG.