Big Thinkers (New)


Big Deal X Hoek, Line & Thinker Open Call for Animation Stories.

Big Deal Films is an EMMY, BAFTA and Broadcast nominated Production Company with a passion for innovation and imagination across factual and scripted, leading the way for diverse and representative content. It has been pushing the boundaries of diversity driven TV and Film for over 7 years, making disruptive and distinctive content that showcases new talent and voices that better reflect the world around us.

It has produced some of the UK’s best children’s tv shows and has now entered the animation space through its adaptation of the best-selling children’s book series, Little Badman, in partnership with BBC Studios.

This year Big Deal teamed up with Hoek, Line & Thinker to embark on a mission to unearth the next big animated hit authored by UK diverse creators. Welcome Big Thinkers!

Hoek, Line & Thinker was founded in 2004 by Tom van Waveren. Tom was the CEO and Creative Director of CAKE Entertainment for 14 years and oversaw the production of hundreds of hours of animated content. His EP credits include Angelo Rules, Mush Mush and the Mushables, Angry Birds Summer Madness, Pablo and the upcoming Mama K’s Team 4. From May 2021, Tom has been working from within Hoek, Line & Thinker to create content with creative, societal and commercial impact.

Big Thinkers is an open call to find fresh voices that create the funniest, and most entertaining cartoons for kids all ages and from all over the world. It is a new program to support storytellers creating diverse UK animation content, to further develop an animated series that gives a voice to underrepresented sections of the audience.

Submissions are now open until midnight on April 5th.

What we are looking for:

– UK-based creators that have a story they are passionate about, or an idea or character design that they feel can be the next iconic story that the world is looking for.
– A project aimed at pre-schoolers, children 6 to 11 or a prime time audience.
– Stories with characters and superheroes that truly reflect the world we live in.

What we need from you:

Scripts are just as welcome as storyboards and pitch decks, however some visual representation of your idea is required.

10 Finalists will be invited to come and pitch their projects in person to a jury in London a few weeks after the closing date. The Jury will consist of a broad representation of industry perspectives and backgrounds, including Elliott Palmer (CBBC, Nickelodeon, King Bert), Shamik Jamumdar (Disney EMEA), Kristina Yee (Goat Girl), Ed Barnier (Netflix) and Lindsey Adams (Daily Madness).

There will be 3 winners who Big Deal will partner with to develop their ideas into full pitch bibles, working in partnership with experienced creative teams and studios with a view to presenting their ideas to key broadcasters, platforms and overseas partners later in the year.

To put your idea forward, please read the terms of use and privacy policy and then download and return the information sheet and submission release. All material should be sent to by the April 5th deadline.