Talent



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.

The Team

Phil

Phil Dobree

Chief Executive Officer

Phil

Phil Dobree

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.

Tom

Tom Brass

Creative Director

Tom

Tom Brass

Creative Director

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.

Nat

Natalie Llewellyn

Head of Development

Nat

Natalie Llewellyn

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 Department Kitty Taylor Series Director

Kitty Taylor

Series Director

Head of Department Kitty Taylor Series Director

Kitty Taylor

Series Director

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.