AN animation company headed up by a north Kerry man is to create up to 60 new jobs at its Dublin base after securing an investment of almost €9 million from the BBC.
Abbeydorney man John Rice of Jam Media has had his hit children's show 'Roy' recomissioned for a third and fourth series, representing an investment of €8.8 million.
The twice BAFTA-nominated show is one of the most watched children's series in the UK, boasting an audience of seven million viewers. The BBC's commitment to a third and fourth series will provide up to 60 production and post production jobs at Jam Media, Mr Rice says.
"This is great news for Jam and means that as well as being able to put more resources into the show, we will also be on a better footing to sell it internationally," he said. "It means that between filming and post production, we will be in a position to create up to 60 new jobs within the company. It is also a sign of confidence in the show and it's absolutely great to see it continuing."
The show, filmed as a fly-onthe-wall series, follows Roy - an 11-year-old cartoon boy living in the real world. Roy lives in Dublin with his real family, plays with his real friends and is like any other real boy his age - except he is a cartoon character.
The third series is currently being scripted, with production due to begin in January.
News of the multi million euro deal comes just weeks after two of Jam's other series - 'Tilly & Friends' and 'Baby Jake' - debuted on BBC children's channel, CBeebies.