Posted on Thursday 14 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster welcomes John Rice, CEO of the award-winning company Jam Media, to Belfast.

Dublin-based animation company Jam Media has announced plans to create 40 high quality jobs in Belfast.

The company, which specialises in short animations, children's entertainment and mobile games, was awarded a British Film and Television Award (BAFTA) for Best Drama in November 2012.

It plans to establish what it called a "world class production and special effects facility" in Belfast.

Positions to be created will include senior animators, graduate programmers, management positions and administrative staff – delivering more than £1.4m in salaries into the local economy each year, according to DETI.

The firm's investment in new jobs has been backed by £280,000 of support from Invest NI, while Jam Media has also received production funding of £323,000 from Northern Ireland Screen.

John Rice, CEO of Jam Media said: "The Belfast operation will initially service our portfolio of productions and will also compete for third party productions and stand alone commission work from outside Northern Ireland. We have been really impressed with the people and enthusiasm demonstrated in the local animation sector. We have commenced recruitment and are excited about our investment plans here as we see Belfast as an integral part of our future growth."

On a visit to the company's offices in Belfast, Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster added: "This is a tremendous boost for the local animation sector and the wider creative industries arena. Jam Media is a highly acclaimed, BAFTA award winning company which has recognised the quality of talent available in Northern Ireland's animation sector."

The Minister added: "Jam Media is working at the cutting edge of animation, and is offering high quality career opportunities in one of our most dynamic and fast growing sectors. The work that will be carried out at the Belfast centre will add value to the extensive activities being carried out by indigenous animation firms, particularly in visual effects and post production."



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