Now that 2018 is well and truly under way, we wanted to follow up our 'Jollywise Roundup 2016' post by sharing some of our highlights from 2017
Last year was jam-packed with a stream of incredible projects, including work for Beauty and the Beast, Coco, Walt Disney World, Ivandoe, Gumball, Penguin Random House, Cars 3, Black Panther, and so much more.
Our collaboration with Beano resulted in two ‘blam-tastic’ games for Dennis & Gnasher, Defend the Den and Xtreme Dennis. We launched Take it to the Top, a game for CBBC’s The Next Step, and then came back for more with Take it to the Top: Stand Up to Bullying.
As Sky expand their Sky Kids app with a brand-new games section, we began creating a game for Aliens Love Underpants, the Sky Kids show based on bestselling children’s books
We also worked on Pop Fun, a ‘free, one-stop digital destination’ app for shows, games, galleries, and competitions for Sony Kids channels Pop, Tiny Pop, and Pop Max – not to mention an exciting new AR prototype for the BBC. And then there was PJ Masks: Moonlight Heroes, a mobile game we developed with Entertainment One, that was even nominated for a TIGA later in the year!
In the midst of all of this, Jollywise MD Jon Mason shared a few words of expertise on a ‘Kindfulness’ panel at The Children’s Media Conference in July, and gave a talk on future digital trends for the British Screen Advisory Council. Plus, Account Managers Alex and Chris headed to Chalkhill Education Centre to take part in BIMA’s 2017 Digital Day, which you can read about in Chris’ blog post.
Despite throwing ourselves into so many amazing projects this year, we made time to enjoy the Brighton sunshine in June by throwing an office barbecue, and got competitive with a few rounds of bowling in October.
Of course, we couldn’t forget to mention the Jollywise Christmas Party, complete with a Secret Santa and festive jumper-clad Jollywisers battling it out for the highly coveted top spot in the annual Christmas quiz.
Sometimes the lines between work and play become blurry, and so October found Chris on a plane to Florida to do some first-hand Walt Disney World research, while Jon Mason journeyed to Miami in February for the annual Kidscreen Summit. Chris and Alex even found themselves on the red carpet in July for the UK premiere of Dunkirk!
2017 saw new three new faces join Jollywise; the Creative Team welcomed Will as a Senior Designer, while the Technical Team got two new recruits with Front-end Developer Emmanouil, and Junior Web Developer Szilard.
Some Jollywisers also saw their families grow, particularly with the birth of a beautiful baby boy to Senior Producer Owen and his partner. Our Operations Director Jon Heffernan and his family became dog-owners to a cockapoo puppy, and Assistant Producer Lucy adopted a kitten.
With exciting new projects already in the works for the coming year, there’s lots to watch out for in 2018. As massive fans of the books and television show, we’re especially excited to be working on a number of HTML 5 games for Horrible Histories!
This year should also see us relocate to a shiny new office, and embark on a team adventure to an as-of-yet-undisclosed location for our 2018 Jolly Holiday.
As always, many thanks to everyone we’ve worked with over the past twelve months, who helped to make 2017 so wonderful.
Here’s to another great year!