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Film and games firm aims for top with £5m fund

Blazing GriffinFilm and games producer Blazing Griffin has raised £5 million in Series A funding towards its ambition to become one of Scotland’s biggest entertainment companies.

The finance, from private investors and matched by the Scottish Investment Bank, will help it expand its game development portfolio, film output and post production services.

It builds on five years of substantial growth for the company which intends to treble its 30 staff.

Blazing Griffin is working on a number of on-going and unannounced game development projects. Following the launch of The Ship: Remasted, and coupled with the investment, the games studio plans to build at least two development teams.

The film department recently announced the start of principal photography for its first feature film project, Anna And The Apocalypse, starring Ella Hunt and Paul Kaye and backed by Creative Scotland.

Blazing Griffin has many licensed and original properties for film and TV in development with world-class talent and production partners, and is supported by slate development funding.

The post production team have created a facility in Glasgow which claims to be the first of its kind in Scotland.

Managing director, Peter van der Watt, said: “Having the hard work of all The Griffins recognised in this way is an awesome feeling. I can’t wait for people to see everything we’re currently working on and very much looking forward to sharing all of our plans over the next couple of weeks and months.

“We all appreciate the continued support and confidence our investors and Scottish Enterprise have in our ambitious plan to become one of Scotland’s largest entertainment companies.”

Kerry Sharp, head of SIB, said: “Scottish Enterprise has been working with Blazing Griffin for over three years during which we have seen the company go from a fledgling games development studio to a diversified digital entertainment group.

“Following on from our initial investment in February 2015, we are delighted to again support the group’s growth plans.”

 

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