Cyber Group Studios Takes Majority Stake in A Productions


Cyber Group Studios has acquired a majority ownership stake in the U.K.-based animation production studio A Productions.

Led by Katherine McQueen and founder Mark Taylor, A Productions produces children’s content for many major U.K. and U.S. broadcasters and streamers. Cyber Group and A Productions will collaborate in developing groundbreaking new content for worldwide audiences and will begin producing Digital Girl this year.

By joining forces with Cyber Group Studios, A Productions will invest in developing its own original content through its development arm. It will also invest in and benefit from Cyber Group’s latest technology innovations, such as its real-time animation pipe.

A Productions has worked on notable programs such as JoJo and Gran Gran for CBeebies; Furry Friends Forever: Elmo Gets a Puppy for Sesame Workshop; and The Monster at the End of This Story, Sesame Street‘s first-ever animated special for Sesame Workshop.

Pierre Sissmann, chairman and CEO, and Dominique Bourse, COO, of Cyber Group Studios, said in a joint statement: “We are thrilled to be able to join forces with Mark, Katherine and the whole A Productions team to develop cutting-edge new content for a growing global audience. The productions developed by A Productions over the years are of exceptional quality; a great asset for this exciting new venture.”

McQueen and Taylor, joint managing directors at A Productions, said in a joint statement: “We are delighted to be joining the Cyber Group Studios family and are excited about the new opportunities this will bring. By teaming up with Cyber Group Studios, we’ll be able to further expand the studio, supporting our ambition to become one of the largest and leading animation studios in the U.K. in a competitive and growing global market. In Cyber Group Studios, we’ve found a partner who will support us in continuing our commitment to making the very best creative and authentic content, as well as driving forward our strategies for diversity and inclusion (D&I) and staff well-being.”