Sarah Harper has been named creative director, 2D animation at Flying Bark Productions, which has studios in both Sydney, Australia and Los Angeles. In her new role, she’ll help Flying Bark continue to expand into original content with a focus on anime-influenced animation.
Harper has been with Flying Bark since 2016, most recently as series director, co-producer and writer on Lego: Monkie Kid. To produce this original animated series, Harper worked with the Lego teams in China, Los Angeles and Denmark.
“Sarah, in collaboration with the creative leadership team, has spearheaded the development and vision for our 2D animation, garnering a world-renowned reputation. She has co-produced, and series directed one of the most-watched programs our studio has produced with the creation of Monkie Kid for Lego,” said Flying Bark Productions CEO Barbara Stephen. “The series has attracted more than 600 million views and her trademark design, animation and writing style has amassed super fans from all around the globe. She and the team have smashed the ceiling on every measure, and we couldn’t be prouder of her achievements.
Harper joins Flying Bark’s fellow creative directors: Alexs Stadermann (100% Wolf, Maya the Bee Movie), who is based in Sydney, and Ian Graham (Glitch Techs, Legend of Korra), who heads up the company’s Los Angeles studio.
Flying Bark Productions continues to grow its animation team across CG, 2D and CG/2D hybrid productions (including Marvel’s What If..?) with 350 employees across all departments, including a 2D team of more than 200 artists. The studio’s list of recent projects include Nickelodeon’s Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie, which has been the team’s first foray into 2D feature film production, as well as shows including Lego: Monkie Kid S1-3 and Disney Marvel’s soon to be released Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur.
Flying Bark Productions and After Bark is wholly owned by independent media and theme park business Studio 100, which is headquartered in Belgium.