Award-Winning Writer-Led Creative Studio Turnip + Duck Steps Up Ahead of Cartoon Forum and MIPCOM, Launching All-New Anime Series Maddie + Triggs (39 x 7′) and expands its operations with the appointment of Rob Doherty as content manager and Laura Canavan-Hayes as development manager.
Colm Tobin, Managing Director of Turnip + Duck, and Aidan O’Donovan, Chief Creative Officer, will present the company’s new 2D animated series to a global audience of buyers in Toulouse at Cartoon Forum on Wednesday, September 21 at 11 a.m. (Purple Room). They will also be actively seeking co-production and distribution partners for the show at MIPCOM.
Intended for children from five to seven years old, Maddie + Triggs began life as a 15-episode podcast series on RTÉjr Radio and follows the adventures of seven-year-old Maddie, who is visually impaired, and her doggy best friend, Triggs. Although Maddie can’t see the world around her so well, she is a truly brilliant listener. Triggs is an adorable labradoodle retriever cross who loves music, mischief, and dog biscuits.
The television series was developed with support from NCBI, the Irish charity for the blind, Irish pubcaster RTÉjr and Screen Ireland. Turnip + Duck aims to create a truly inclusive show where if two children, one sighted and one visually impaired, sit side by side to ‘watch’ it, neither will have a lesser experience.
The studio’s award-winning multimedia series television critters was recently picked up by Sky Kids in the UK and its introduction to preschool chemistry Atom City is set to air on RTÉjr in late 2022. The company is looking to further expand its range of in-house and third-party original IP, overseen by the extended creative team, and to work with established and emerging writers and creative talent.
As Head of Content, Doherty will bring a wealth of experience in development and multi-territorial co-productions, including Angry Birds: Summer Madness (Netflix), The Mama K 4 team (Netflix) and Space chickens in space (Disney). He will work on a consultancy basis with creators to expand Turnip + Duck’s network of broadcast and co-production partners, bringing the company’s already impressive development slate to market on a larger scale.
Doherty will also be responsible for finding new co-production opportunities where Turnip + Duck can bring their showrunning and production experience to third-party projects, with access to Irish tax relief.
With a background in screenwriting, development and finance, Canavan-Hayes joins Turnip + Duck as Head of Development, responsible for managing and growing the company’s originals roster and growing the existing network of talent. of the company’s writing room.
“As a screenwriter-led studio, we believe that children’s comedy is serious business and we’re thrilled to be joined by Rob and Laura for the next chapter in our story, expanding our network of international partners to bring even more more good ideas in the world,” said Colm Tobin, chief executive and co-founder (along with fellow writer-producer Aidan O’Donovan) of Turnip + Duck.