Digital Hub firm poaches entire college classes

19 Jun 2006

An animation company based in Dublin’s Digital Hub has owned up to poaching two classes of students from the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Design and Technology.

While the 40 appointments are only for the summer months, the chief executive of Kavaleer Productions Andrew Kavanagh said the company will aim to keep on a core group of 10 to 15 people.

Kavaleer is working on a lucrative multimedia content contract for publicly listed Irish e-learning player Riverdeep on a product called Destination Reading.

The company has recruited 40 second- and third-year interactive design graduates from the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Design and technology.

Kavanagh, who is a former tutor of the Institute, told “Ultimately we will be looking at a second production in coming months and aim to keep a core group of 10 to 15 people to work on pre-production and bring the crew back up to 40 or so again in time for the larger production.

Up until last year Kavaleer Productions has been working on projects for Cartoon Network UK and has also been working on its own vampire-based animated sitcom called Dad the Impaler.

Kavanagh explained that the company will be looking to take on venture capital later this year.

In related news, the Minister of State with responsibility for e-government Tom Kitt TD will launch Digital Media Forum’s Accel training fund.

By John Kennedy