We believe in nurturing a community of talent. At the heart of Jellyfish Pictures is our team. We’re proud of the talent we employ and nurture, with each member of Jellyfish Pictures bringing their own uniqueness to every project they touch.
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Phil co-founded Jellyfish Pictures in 2001 and has overseen it's growth to become one of the most respected independent companies in the industry. During his career he has worked in all genres of content creation including film, commercials, animation, games and broadcast TV, winning multiple BAFTA, VES, RTS and EMMY awards.
Running Jellyfish has given Phil a unique insight into the industry and the variety of qualities needed to enable the company to compete and thrive on a global scale. He has helped the company work on brands such as Star Wars in film, Black Mirror in TV, and Floogals and Dennis and Gnasher Unleashed in episodic animation. Recognising the importance of future trends and the requirements of an ever evolving industry, he has overseen the development of pioneering cloud technology, resulting in seamless hybrid rendering solutions and the imminent virtualisation of all Jellyfish studios, a first for the industry.
Phil is also a BAFTA, RTS and VES judge and a member of the VFX/digital effects and Animation chapter of BAFTA. He sits on the board of UK Screen Alliance, Animation UK and the council of the Creative Industries Federation. He is a passionate supporter of the UK's Creative Industry, in particular ensuring the VFX and Animation industry maintains its position in the heart of Europe. He was selected in the RTS Broadcast HOT 100 most influential people in Broadcast Media in 2012/13.
Director of VFX and Animation
Director of VFX and Animation
Luke is an experienced VFX supervisor, with a career spanning 20 years. During his time at Jellyfish, he has been instrumental in contributing to the company’s rapid growth, bringing in Jellyfish’s biggest VFX projects, including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Captive State.
Luke has spearheaded some of Jellyfish’s most complex work to date, including intricate robotic bees for Netflix’s Black Mirror: Hated in the Nation, a high-end CG sequence for Twentieth Century Fox’s Kingsmen: The Secret Service as well as his work on Journeyman, of which he was shortlisted for a British Independent Film Award (BIFA) in the Best Effects category
Now overseeing the smooth running of all Jellyfish Pictures' VFX and animation projects, Luke teams his strong leadership capabilities with a hands-on approach, understanding the needs of both the artist and the client.
Tom is an Emmy award winning (and four times Emmy nominated) Creative Director. He specialises in all creative aspects of visual storytelling: script, world building, character and production design, mise-en-scéne and art direction. With a background as an illustrator and TV director, Tom joined Jellyfish Pictures as a writer and Motion Graphics Director on the BBC’s ground-breaking CGI series, Planet Dinosaur. Tom now looks after Jellyfish's art department and oversees the creative direction of many of the key projects. Tom has a long track record of creating beautiful worlds for all types of film, TV and animation. Over the last ten years, he has creatively led successful projects for the world’s leading broadcasters and filmmakers, including BBC, Netflix, Apple, Sky, PBS, National Geographic, CNN, Participant, Channel Four.
Since joining Jellyfish in 2010 Tom has won an Emmy award for outstanding art direction on PBS’s Your Inner Fish and an AEAF Gold Award for animation direction for his title sequence work on Beyond Reasonable Doubt. In addition, Tom has been nominated for a further four Emmys and a British Animation Award.
Tom heads up Jellyfish’s Art Department, an incredibly talented group of artists, designers and story-tellers. The department now provides much sought-after design work for a host of live-action and animation development projects. Alongside this, Tom works with Jellyfish’s head of development, Natalie Llewellyn, to oversee the company's intellectual property (IP) creation, developing a slate of original Jellyfish series and feature ideas.
Tom is also a regular guest lecturer at University of the Arts London, teaching production design and mise-en-scéne to undergraduate film and design students.
Commercially driven, Michelle is a dedicated Financial Director, with a career spanning over 25 years. As part of the Leadership Team at Jellyfish Pictures Michelle works closely with the CEO to manage the finances and bring her expertise to ensure Jellyfish’s growth strategy is realised. During her time at Jellyfish, Michelle has implemented policies to ensure the company is on track to achieve its goals and manage sustained growth.
Prior to taking up her position at Jellyfish Michelle has held senior positions at commercial companies, including Pret A Manger, Selfridges, Cath Kidston, Brasher Leisure Limited and Azzurri Group.
Chief Technology Officer
Chief Technology Officer
Jeremy Smith studied IT and VFX in Canada and later came to England where he joined Jellyfish Pictures.
Over the past ten years he has witnessed Jellyfish’s growth from an eight-man team to a facility that houses over 300 members of staff across 5 locations. He has overseen and managed several company expansions to different premises and has re-imagined the production pipeline using a hybrid of cloud-based and desktop-based technologies. He has become one of the most respected CTOs in the VFX industry always pushing technology to the absolute limit, helping to make Jellyfish one of the most advanced technical VFX facilities in the world. Through relationships built with leading players at companies such as Microsoft Azure, Teradici, Pixit Media, AMD and many others he has helped keep Jellyfish at the vanguard of what is possible, which always provides the company with a competitive edge.
Jeremy manages an IT team of six people helping to keep the day-to-day running of the facilities, two screening rooms and several editing suites. He is currently responsible for all technical management of Jellyfish Pictures (VFX) and Jellyfish Animation studios.
Director of Operations
Director of Operations
With an impressive career spanning over 20 years, Matthew has overseen hundreds of productions with an enviable roster of credits under his belt including; Aladdin (Disney), Star Wars: The Last Jedi (LucasFilm/Disney), Avengers: Age Of Ultron (Marvel) Guardians Of The Galaxy (Marvel) and in 2014 was honoured with the Advanced Imaging Society’s Lumiere™ Award for his work on Alfonso Cuarón’s Academy Award-winning Gravity. In other award-winning turns, Matthew led the One Of Us VFX team to success in the category of Best Visual and Graphic Effects at the BAFTA’s and Best Digital Effects at the Royal Television Society Awards for The Crown Season 1 and a further RTS award and BAFTA nomination in 2018 for The Crown Season 2.
As Jellyfish Pictures' Director of Operation Matthew uses his many years of experience to bring together creativity and strategy, balancing maximum productivity whilst ensuring the company provides the best possible creative environment for talent to perform to their optimum ability.
Prior to working with Technicolor and One of Us, Matt held senior positions at MPC and Prime Focus.
Joining Jellyfish Pictures as HR Director in 2017, Sarah Tanner brings over 15 years’ experience of high-level HR strategy planning. Working within the leadership team, Sarah has been a crucial part of streamlining and delivering Jellyfish Picture’s growth and implementing a structured employee HR and talent strategy.
In addition to her work at Jellyfish Pictures, Sarah is active across industry associations including, UK Screen Alliance, Animation UK, Screen Skills and Access: VFX.
Head of Development
Head of Development
As Head of Development for Jellyfish Originals, Natalie drives the development and strategy of our original animated children’s content, curating long-form animated series, serials and family features with global commercial appeal.
Bringing over 20 years’ experience to the role, Natalie has extensive knowledge of original IP development, TV production, international sales and character licensing having successfully brought many children’s productions to market.
Before joining Jellyfish Pictures, Natalie spent five years with independent children’s production company, Platinum Films, as Head of Global Strategy. During this time Natalie managed the international TV distribution, rights negotiation and consumer products roll out of children’s content, including, Matt Hatter Chronicles (CiTV/Nick).
Prior to this, Natalie enjoyed a four-year stint as Assistant Producer & Head of Creative Approvals on Everything’s Rosie (CBeebies) at independent children’s TV production and distribution company, V&S Entertainment.
Before working in children’s TV, Natalie worked for ten years in live action drama for independent production company, Bentley Productions as Series Script Editor and Associate Producer on Midsomer Murders (ITV) and Producer on SAS drama series, Ultimate Force (ITV). During this period, she also headed up the TV Drama division for talent agency ARG Talent, developing and packaging event dramas such as The Crooked Man with Ross Kemp and BAFTA award winning, Ahead of the Class with Julie Walters.
Head of Animation
Head of Animation
Luca heads up Jellyfish Pictures’ large animation team consisting of over 80 animators, with over 30 years of experience as a lead animator, animation supervisor and story artist on many creature-heavy and animated feature films. Luca started his career as an animator, storyboard artist and character designer in Milan. Moving to Munich, Luca progressed to animation supervisor working on feature films such as Chinatown, Tobias Tod and Help I’m a Fish. Always striving for excellence, Luca further honed his talent working on an array of illustrious productions including, Sinbad Legend of the Seven Seas, Sherlock Gnome, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Man of Steel, John Carter, Chronicles of Narnia, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and the Huntsman and Watership Down.
A master of storytelling, body dynamics and animated performance, Luca is passionate about working closely with each of his animators, having developed into an artistic and collaborative animation director, adept at leading large teams and delivering consistently excellent work across long productions.
Head of PR and Communications
Head of PR and Communications
Since joining Jellyfish Pictures as Head of PR and Communications, Charlie has used her extensive experience of propelling a brand to establish Jellyfish Pictures as one of the leading VFX and animation studios in the world. Through her understanding of brand refinement and strategy and vast insight of the media landscape, Charlie has raised Jellyfish Pictures’ profile globally, making it an attractive prospect for future clients and top talent.
Beginning her career in media and entertainment at Viacom owned television channel, Comedy Central, Charlie established herself as a marketing and PR expert, instrumental in the re-positioning of the brand from a library channel to a creator of original content. During her time here, Charlie ran multi-million pound marketing campaigns, and worked with high end talent to solidify Comedy Central’s place as a major player in UK television landscape.
Following her time at Comedy Central, Charlie spent five years at leading broadcast and film PR agency, Bubble Communications. Here Charlie worked with behemoths in the broadcast and film technology industry, representing clients including high-end camera firm Red Digital Cinema, post-production facility and television studios dock10, global broadcast media services provider NEP and graphics card manufacturer AMD.
Manuel Reyes Halaby
Manuel Reyes Halaby
Manuel is an experienced VFX supervisor with over 10 years industry experience. With both a technical and artistic background, Manuel has a second to none knowledge of the production pipeline. Manuel joined Jellyfish Pictures in 2016 as CG Supervisor on CBeebies animated pre-school show Bitz & Bob and now oversees all CG on Jellyfish’s original content pipeline.
Starting his career as a 3D artist working specifically on commercials, Manuel progressed to work as a lead 3D generalist on Hiroku: Defenders of Gaia, a fully CG 90 minute feature film, which went on to be nominated for the Spanish Film Academy Goya Awards
Shortly after this Manuel began work as CG and On Set Supervisor for CBeebies animated preschool show, Messy Goes to Okido. During this time Manuel also directed, produced and supervised his own short entitled Nouvelle Cuisine. To date the film has garnered 11 international awards including, Best Animation Short film at Sacramento Underground Film & Arts Festival and Best Animation Short Film for Children at ANIMA2017.
Jonathan is a highly adept VFX Supervisor and Senior VFX Artist, with a career spanning over 23 years. Jonathan’s extensive experience ranges from VFX Supervision, Compositing Supervision, Creative Team Leadership, Compositing and Graphic Design.
Starting out in the industry as a runner for London based VFX house Rushes, Jonathan soon rose through the ranks holding senior positions at a number of high-profile outfits including First Post Productions, Motion FX, uFX and Method Studios, working as 2D and VFX Supervisor on titles such as, The Hateful Eight, Ant Man, Terminator Genisys and The Fifth Estate.
Since joining Jellyfish Pictures in 2016, Jonathan has headed up the 2D team, overseeing all 2D work on the company’s VFX portfolio, with TV credits including Watchmen (HBO), The Innocents (Netflix), Black Mirror – Hated in the Nation (Netflix) and feature film credits including Solo: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Award-winning children’s animation director Kitty Taylor has over 35 years’ experience in directing commercials, promos, short films and children’s animated series for companies including BBC, HIT Entertainment, CITV, Tiger Aspect, Blue Zoo and Jellyfish Pictures.
Kitty’s early credits include the BBC educational film Muzzy in Gondoland and the World of Eric Carle animated shorts, including the global classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
In 1998 Kitty began her partnership with Grand Slamm Children’s Films (GSCF) and Hit Entertainment, directing Percy the Park Keeper and Angelina Ballerina, of which she won a British Animation Award and was nominated for a BAFTA in 2002.
In 2003 she joined forces with Tiger Aspect and notably developed and directed three series of the celebrated CBeebies series Charlie and Lola, based on Lauren Childs’ illustrated book series. Kitty picked up a plethora of awards, including three BAFTAs, a British Animation Award, Annecy Best Children’s Series and a Daytime Emmy Nomination.
Following the success of Charlie and Lola, Kitty completed Gaspard and Lisa, a 52 x 11 CGI Pre-School series for Chorion Silver Lining, based on the award-winning books by Anne Gutman.
In 2016 Kitty joined Jellyfish Pictures as an in-house series director on Cbeebies pre-school animated show Bitz & Bob. Kitty is currently directing the second series of Beano Studios Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed!, bringing a great British heritage brand to 21st century audiences.
With more than 20 years of Production experience in the VFX and animation industries, Cate Elliott is a veteran animation producer with experience overseeing VFX, CG, 2D Digital and traditional animation projects, from bid stage through to delivery.
Most recently, Cate has been collaborating with Jellyfish Pictures as Senior Producer on various animation projects, including Bitz & Bob and a DreamWorks feature animation, where she managed inhouse crews of up to 65 people, as well as managing the junior production team members, assuring high organisational standards for in-house productions. Responsible for all budgeting, production scheduling and client management on projects, Cate successfully handles the running of shows, with a keen interest in increasing quality and pipeline efficiency.
Cate worked up the ranks of animation production, initially out of CineGroup in Montreal and moved to the UK to oversee the production of the first animated series of Mr Bean the Animated Series with Tiger Aspect Productions. As Head of Production for Children’s and Animation at Tiger Aspect, she oversaw the development and production of many series, including the BAFTA award-winning Charlie and Lola and the Live Action Puppet series Me and My Monsters. More recently, Cate collaborated on the development of the BBC and Netflix series Watership Down as well as the Sky Moominvalley series of short Animation Films.
With a career spanning over 10 years, Lucy started her life in production at creative agency, Knifedge. Here she entered the world of live entertainment, cutting her teeth on the set, video and lighting design for Josh Groban’s World tour. At the beginning of her career, Lucy focused mainly on projection work and set design, boasting clients such as, Snow Patrol, Cameron Mackintosh and Glyndebourne Opera. Following her three year stint at Knifedge, Lucy joined a branding agency specialising in design packages for sports broadcasting, working with industry heavy weights such as, UEFA, FIFA, FIBA and FEI.
Further honing her skills, Lucy moved to a freelance position, focusing on both production and post-production for clients including, Sky, Saatchi, Netflix, BBC and PBS, before joining Jellyfish Pictures in 2018.
Since joining Jellyfish, Lucy has specialised in bidding, instrumental in securing some of the company’s biggest clients to date and has recently been nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy for her work on PBS documentary Neanderthal.
Amber started her career working for production companies in Soho, before securing her first job in post-production at Lola Post in 2010.
Joining Jellyfish Pictures originally in 2013, Amber worked on a variety of projects from high end commercials for SofaWorks to Lucas Films Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. During this time Amber was awarded a News and Documentary Emmy in the Outstanding Art Direction and Graphic Design category for her work as VFX producer on PBS’ Your Inner Fish. Following four years at Jellyfish Pictures, Amber moved to global VFX outfit Framestore. Working as a Producer in their TV department, Amber produced on television series’ including Sky One’s Curfew and AMC’s The Terror.
In 2019, Amber returned to Jellyfish Pictures to oversee the company’s prestigious projects, boasting clients including HBO and DreamWorks.
Other credits of note include, Outlander (Starz), Black Mirror (Netflix) and BIFA nominated Journeyman.