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DEBORAH THORPE

Deborah is a highly experienced international television executive/producer and a creative entrepreneur.  She is perhaps best known for co-founding asos.com, the UK’s largest online fashion retailer. 

Despite this extraordinary success in retail, Deborah’s first love remains animation in all its forms.  She began her career at Channel 4, working on Raymond Brigg’s Father Christmas, buying Pixar’s first short film Tin Toy, and Nick Park’s graduation film which went on to form the basis of Wallace And Gromit. She has worked with Nickelodeon, Disney, Sony, Universal, BBC, Channel 4, Milkshake!, Discovery and many other global networks. 

Deborah has worked as a development producer for Rob Minkoff (director of Disney’s The Lion King), on the Oscar winning short Bob’s Birthday, with Klasky Csupo (makers of The Simpsons) and on many more award winning and nominated shows.  At Channel 4 Deborah was also part of the team that broke household names including Jonathan Ross, Frank Skinner, Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer, Jo Brand and many more. 

Throughout her career Deborah has been attracted to interruptive and new business models, working on the first wave of advertiser funded programming (Cadbury, Pepsi, Royal Mail, Phillips), the first wave of online retail (asos) and the first wave of social networks for kids and online drama (Bebo).