CBBC’s Searle heads Beano Studios animation

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Beano Studios has announced the appointment of Tim Searle to the newly created role of ‘Head of Animation’. In this role he will creatively direct and develop all of Beano Studios’ animated content.

Emma Scott, CEO of Beano Studios, said: “Tim joins us at a super exciting time for Beano Studios; he’s an amazing talent who will develop our rich catalogue of characters and be the creative vision behind Beano Studios animation.”

Searle added: “I’ve always loved Beano Studios characters and the ethos of encouraging ‘everyday rebellion’ really resonates with me! I’m delighted to be working with the excellent team who share the same passion to create well written character comedy.”

Searle has worked in animation for over 25 years and joins from CBBC where he served as Executive Producer of Animation, and Executive Producer of Danger Mouse. Previous roles include Series Director of Mr Bean at Tiger Aspect where he also developed a number of projects as Creative Director for Kids & Animation. Tim has produced animation and graphics for a wide range of comedy shows including Have I Got News For You and worked alongside Steve Coogan and Henry Normal at Baby Cow Animation.

In 2017 Beano Studios launched Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed! with CBBC which went on to become the highest rate show during launch against 6-12yrs and top 10 show for kids across all channels. The show has since been picked up internationally with deals across all major PSB’s in Europe and across the globe including broadcasters such as Super RTL, France Télévsions, Svergies, TVE and ABC Kids.


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