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Jam Media set to create up to 40 new jobs in Belfast

Murray's Exchange on Belfast's Sandy Row
Image caption Jam Media is based in Murray's Exchange on Belfast's Sandy Row

Up to 40 jobs are set to be created at a media production company in Belfast.

Jam Media plans to establish a dedicated production and special effects facility at its premises on Sandy Row in the south of the city.

The company was established in Dublin in 2002. It is best known for its work on the BAFTA-winning children's TV series, Roy.

The show features Roy as "Ireland's only cartoon boy". It is broadcast by both CBBC and Irish broadcaster, RTE.

It mixes animation with live action, where real life screen actors interact with the cartoon schoolboy.

Last year, Roy won the best drama prize at the 2012 British Academy Children's Awards and last month, it won the Irish Film and Television Academy Award (IFTA) for the best children's/youth programme.

In Belfast, Jam Media has set up a base in Murray's Exchange - the refurbished Whitehall Tobacco Works building - on Sandy Row.

Stormont's Enterprise Minister, Arlene Foster, welcomed the new jobs during a visit to the company on Wednesday.

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