Funko is one of the world’s leading creators of pop culture collectibles, based in the US. It opened an office in Bath in 2016 through a tie up with A Large Evil Corporation – actually a small animation company – to create a base for the production of animated content based on Funko characters licensed from big film and TV brands. The showreel above shows the amazing array of programming created for online and broadcast channels from the Bath office.
Located in Seven Dials, Funko Animation currently has around 50 staff and an expectation to grow. For Studio Manager Annabel Pettigrew the advantage of the city is an availability of talent to help drive forward an extremely creative company.
IBB has worked in partnership with DIT to help Funko understand supportive UK creative industries policy, for example the animation tax relief, and also connect to local Universities and animation networks which can help them identify a pipeline of potential employees with the right skills for a fast moving CGI production studio.