content development

    VISUAL & EDITORIAL STORYTELLING

    Founded in 2019 and nestled in the charming city of Weimar, bigchild has swiftly made its mark in the animation industry. With notable achievements such as the creation of „Maari – adventures at the reef,“ a captivating 3D animated TV series for KiKA, and the endearing „Fieps, small sparrow – big city“ for the esteemed bedtime program „Sandmännchen,“ bigchild showcases its commitment to producing engaging content for children. With a steadfast focus on animation, bigchild aims to develop entertaining and original material that holds universal appeal and strong branding, catering to an international audience.

    TEAM

    Kai R. Schöttle

    CEO | Producer

    Kai worked for years as a commissioning editor and creative producer for international productions at the TV station KIKA. He continued to work as a freelance artist for Turner Broadcasting, Nickelodeon, WDR, MDR and various production companies, developing animated series and films such as Guess How Much I Love You, Yakari, Ogglies, Lieselotte and many more.

    Jessica Hüttig

    Creative Producer |
    Head of 3D Look Development 

    Jessica holds a Bachelor Degree in Media Arts and Design from the Bauhaus-University Weimar and started working as a 3D Generalist at bigchild Entertainment in 2020. Her work spans the field of 3D Modeling, Sculpting, Shading, Texturing, Lighting and Rendering. Her passion is the realization of Concept Art into 3D Characters, Sets and Props and overcoming any challenges that arise.

    Jule Engel

    Producer

    Jule graduated from the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg with the production of the award-winning documentary „Without this world“. She worked for various production companies. At Oma Inge Film she produced German and international cinema productions. She supports young people at GirlsGoMovie and was a co-mentor at the Akademie für Kindermedien 22/23. As a Green Consultant, she is dedicated to sustainable production.

    Yilun Chen-Ceslik aka Heidi

    2D & 3D Senior Animator

    Heidi is a Senior 2D and 3D Artist with many years of experience in the film, advertising and games industry. In 1998 she started her career in 2D animation in Shanghai China, since 2002 she lives and works in Germany. In 2007 she got into 3D animation with Maya, then Blender and 3ds Max. Since then she has worked on numerous renowned productions such as Marsupilami, Little King Macius, Raven the Little Rascal I & II, The Seventh Dwarf, Marnie’s World, Marco Polo, Fritzi and many more.

    Lara Müller

    Junior Producer  

    Lara graduated from the University of Erfurt with a master’s degree in media for children and adolescents. During her studies, she worked for the TV station KiKA, where she supported the team on preschool shows such as Das Baumhaus and Ene Mene Bu. After being introduced to bigchild as an intern in 2022, she found her way back to the studio one year later to start her career as a Junior Producer.

    Robert Lehmann

    Technical Director 

    Robert is a self-taught 3D artist and programmer with a Bachelor of Arts degree in computer graphics. His primary interest lies in the technical aspects of content creation like technical art, developing tools/scripts and pipeline optimizations.

    PROJECTS

    Since 2021 bigchild Entertainment is animating the prestigious KiKANINCHEN.

    A digital bedtime series, 2-5 years, 52 x 7’, supported by Creative Europe Media, Thüringer Staatskanzlei and MDM

    Adventure comedy, 6-9 years/girls, 78 x 11’, supported by Thüringer Staatskanzlei

    26 x 21′, 3D animated action comedy for all genders, 6 to 9 years of age. Supported by MDM

    Commissioned by KIKA, 3-6 years, 20 x 7′, 1st season completed, 2nd season in development.

    Our animation project „The Pumpkin Princess“ was funded as one of six among 53 submitted projects by the Initiative Besonderer Kinderfilm.

    Commissioned by RBB, MDR, NDR for the prestigious SANDMÄNNCHEN, 3-6 years, 13 x 4′, completed

    Commissioned by ZDF Digital, 1 x 7′, completed

    „Findher“ – swipe left to find the right match. With a staggering 1,664,857 views, follow Tim on his dating adventures after being left by his long-term girlfriend on his 29th birthday. From unexpected encounters with a variety of women, including a surprising revelation from a seemingly ordinary woman turned adult film actress, to dates with hipsters, influencers, and single mothers, each episode promises a unique journey in the search for love.

    NEWS

    Exciting News! We are thrilled and honored to announce that our animated series „Ash“ has been picked up as the first co-production under the newly formed first-look pact between Gaumont Animation and Studio 100 Animation! This collaboration marks a significant milestone for our team!

    Meet us at the Cartoon Forum 2023! Thanks to Animation Production Days (APDs) and the German Broadcasters for choosing ‚The Sorcerer’s Apprentice‘ for Cartoon Forum 2023 – it was pure magic for us!
    Congrats to Verena Fels and her project „Just one day“ who also won a wildcard.

    Tentacle, flipper and pincer too – the best team in the ocean blue! When this song is playing, kids know for sure: new underwater adventures with Maari and her two best friends are about to start! Little squid Maari, turtle Tuts and crab Fin are unstoppable! They stand together against the dangers of the Blue Bay Reef and show us what true friendship is all about. With their courage, they conquer every dark corner of the underwater world. From now on, the KIKA original series is not only available for German viewers but worldwide. Dive into this magical underwater world: Maari, Season 1

    Great news! Our animation project „The Pumkin Princess“ will be funded as one of six among 53 submitted projects by the Initiative Besonderer Kinderfilm. We would like to thank the jury and congratulate the wonderful author Teresa Hochmuth from the bottom of our hearts! The whole bigchild team is very much looking forward to developing this great Halloween fun together!