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DEBORAH THORPE

CEO

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).

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KEVIN SNOAD

Head of Animation

Kev’s our resident creative genius. He has strong skills in visual storytelling, character design and animation and all aspects of animation direction.  He is currently bringing those skills to bear across Kelebek’s slate of properties.  

After studying animation at art college Kevin worked freelance animating and recreating CGI military battles for multiple tv documentary series for clients including the BBC, The History Channel and The Discovery Channel.

In 2007 he began working in the children’s tv industry where he developed his skills in character creation and character animation. Working in this industry he also designed puppets, full body character suits and sets for many international kids shows.

Kev was a key part of the team that devised the BAFTA nominated pre-school show Waybuloo.  Kev co-devised The Floogals which went on to become a pre-school hit on Sprout and Milkshake.  

Kev co-created Milkshake hit pre-school show Wissper.  He directed season 1 and is currently directing Season 2.  Wissper Season 1 has sold to 80 countries. 

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MATT PORTER

Head of Production

Matt started his animation career as Head of Production at Britt Allcroft Entertainment/Gullane Entertainment, where he was responsible for overseeing production on Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends and Art Attack.  He moved to Hit Entertainment with Thomas the Tank Engine in 2002 where he continued to be responsible for this heritage show alongside Hit’s live acton kids’ output.

In 2008 Matt joined Zodiak Kids as Head of Animation Production.  There he was responsible for the studio’s animated slate including Waybuloo, Tickety Toc, Zack and Quack and the Floogals which he continues to produce.

 At Kelebek Matt brings his wealth of experience to bear across our current slate of properties.

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SARAH BROAD

Line Producer, Wissper

Sarah studied theatre design at Central School of Speech and Drama.

In 2005 she joined Channel 5’s milkshake! where she stayed for 9 years. Whilst at Milkshake! Sarah designed and made costumes for their in house shows, The Milkshake! Show, Milkshake! Music Box and Milkshake! Bop Box. She also designed the set for their live shows at Alton Towers Theme Park and Chessington World of Adventures.

Along with her arts-based work Sarah produced and directed the live morning show, created promos and ran the Milkshake! website. She wrote scripts for in house productions and created and edited short form content for on air and online.

In 2011 Sarah was nominated as a Broadcast Hotshot

Sarah joined Karrot Entertainment in 2014 to Line Produce their BAFTA winning pre-school animation Sarah & Duck, (for CBeebies) working on both series 2 and 3.

Sarah has also worked with Little Dot Studios as a script writer on a series of childrens’ documentaries for Discovery.

Currently Sarah is line producer on series 2 of the pre-school show Wissper (for Milkshake! – they can’t keep her away!)

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KATE MITCHELL

Distribution Consultant

Kate joined Channel 4 in 1992 as a Programme Finance Executive where she worked closely with Deborah in the animation department at Channel 4, as well as in entertainment, youth and factual departments.  

After nine years at Channel Four, Kate set up her own Brighton based TV production company, Dual Purpose Productions which she ran for five years before returning to consultancy work.  

For the past thirteen years, Kate has worked as a Distribution Consultant with particular focus on international tv sales, merchandising, tv tie-in book publishing, licensing, and format distribution.  She worked with Love Productions for eight years & was instrumental in devising & overseeing the v successful commercial strategy for The Great British Bake Off. Other clients have included Maverick Television – Ten Years Younger & Embarrassing Bodies, Red Bird Productions, Lambent Productions and Popkorn Media – Rich Kids of Social Media

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NICOLA PEDLINGHAM

Production Co-ordinator/Executive Assistant

Nicola has had a varied career across all aspects of the media in both creative and executive assistant roles.  It is this blend of skills and experience that she brings to her joint roles within Kelebek where she works both as Deborah’s assistant and on Kelebek productions.

Nicola was Photographic Producer for the Grand Designs Abroad book and on a number of advertising projects.  She has worked in film distribution and sound design as a production co-ordinator.

She worked for five years with Barry Humphries (better known as Dame Edna Everage) as his business and personal assistant.  This was a demanding role that encompassed everything from tour booking, liaising with TV and radio companies, assisting with writing and pretty much everything else you can think of!