Second series of Roary the Racing Car will be first project for the Cheshire-based outfit, which is opening in July.Chapman Entertainment is to open its own production studio, which will be based in Altrincham, Cheshire, UK and will be fully operational from July.
The first project for the new studio will be the second series of the hit show Roary the Racing Car, which is due to broadcast on Five's Milkshake block and Nick Jr next year.
Managed by the Chapman production team in London, Roary will continue to be directed in Altrincham by Tim Harper and will be senior produced by Phil Clark.
The studio will initially employ a total of 20 staff and will be used to service Chapman's future production needs, including all forms of animation and live action.
"Setting up our own studio was the next logical move in our development and is a hugely exciting step in the company's expansion," said Greg Lynn, Chapman's MD and executive producer.
"We'd also like to take this opportunity to thank Cosgrove Hall for the tremendous work and dedication they put into both series of Fifi and the Flowertots and the first series of Roary."
Chapman has promoted two members of its production team with the creation of the new studio: Emily Whinnett has become director of production and Nadia Harti has taken the role of head of production.
Lynn added: "These promotions reflect their hard work, talent and the added responsibility of helping to manage the new studio."