Minister for Culture, Communications and the Creative Industries visits CHF Entertainment
Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture, Communications and the Creative Industries, visited CHF Entertainment in Manchester yesterday (Monday 30th September 2013). CHF Entertainment recently announced its move back to Manchester, creating 40 new jobs in animations and a further 70 to follow in 6 months time. They have put the job creations down to the creative sector tax credits that the Government introduced earlier this year.
The company is located at The Towers, a 19th century mansion set in extensive and mature landscaped grounds on the Towers Business Park near Didsbury. Based in what has historically been known as the Calendar Building. CHF Entertainment has taken 5,000 sq. ft. with a new lease granted by the owners Quorum Estates Ltd.
Simon Hall, managing director of CHF Entertainment says: “The Towers is the perfect location for CHF Entertainment and will be home to our production and programme-making team. In addition, the style of the building and its resemblance to Toad Hall is in keeping with the spirit of the CHF Entertainment brand.”
Hall continued: “The original Cosgrove Hall was based in Chorlton-cum-Hardy near Didsbury so the region is an intrinsic part of our heritage. In addition, we have a terrific pool of talent on our doorstep, especially since the BBC has relocated into MediaCity UK, giving us access to world class creative people. We also have the pick of young up and coming talent from the universities.”
CHF Entertainment already has a number of high profile programmes lined up including Pip! and HeroGliffix, which will go into full production shortly. In addition to the company’s headquarters in Manchester, the company also has offices in London and New York and currently employs 36 people.
CHF Entertainment includes the multi-award winning team that created global TV hits Danger Mouse and Wind in the Willows for the small screen in 1980s, and ten-time Emmy award-winning show, Jakers! Pip! will be their newest creation, a fun, exciting yet heart-warming story centred around a colourful and enchanting seaside setting that will appeal to children aged two upwards.
The series is currently in production under the leadership of multi award-winners, Jean Flynn and Ben Turner and features Sir David Jason as the voice of Pip’s caring uncle, Skipper. The programme is scheduled to air next year.
The 19th century Victorian mansion, The Towers, was once called “the grandest of all the Manchester Mansions” by architectural historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner. It was designed by Thomas Worthington, architect of the Albert Memorial in Albert Square, Manchester and was popularly known as the Calendar Building since it was said to have 12 towers, 52 rooms and 365 windows.