Vancouver, Canada-based Atomic Cartoons has named Luke Carroll as its new creative director as the company looks to boost investment in generating creative content and develop more original properties.
The move is an indication that Atomic, known for its service work on series such as Rocket Monkeys as well as original properties including Pirate Express, is setting up an internal pitch workshop series and is actively searching for original properties with potential partners in the publishing, art and gaming worlds.
Carroll, formerly the producer of the animated feature Escape from Planet Earth, brings an MFA from UBC in producing and creative writing to the position, as well as extensive experience in the live action and motion capture industries through directing episodic television, DVD series and award winning short films.
In an effort to mine the in-house creative that already exists, Atomic has set up a series of development workshops to refine their own original creative ideas into an introductory pitch to Atomic management and possible option agreement.
Atomic is also investing in setting up a mini internal studio with a green screen and lighting that offers space for creative play to support and cultivate the development of hybrid properties.