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Jess Kedward & Kirsty Peart

Writer, Producer, Children's, Preschool, 6+ years, Animation, Live Action, Series Developer

Agent: Jean Kitson - jean@kitsonpress.co.uk

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Collaborators since the Footlights at Cambridge, J&K have written on some of the world’s most loved animated TV shows, including Disney’s ‘101 Dalmation Street‘, ‘Casper’s Scare School‘, ‘Floogals‘, ‘Thomas the Tank Engine‘ and ‘Angelina Ballerina‘, moving more recently into YA comedy drama with BBC and Zodiak’s ‘Flatmates‘ (which held the No 1 spot on BBC iPlayer for 11-15 year olds summer 2019). They have one animated feature film, ‘The Hero of Color City‘, under their belts (voiced by Christina Ricci and Owen Wilson, directed by Shark Tale’s Frank Gladstone and distributed theatrically in the US by Magnolia) and two family feature films in development: ‘Grisella‘ (a book adaptation to screen) and ‘Cow on the Run‘ (supported by the Bavarian Film Fund and awarded the maximum development fund from MEDIA).

With a strong eye for action and comedy, and a passion for creating inspiring role models for girls, J&K are experienced content creators with an expanding slate of original ideas (they’ve worked on their own projects with Disney and Channel X). But they also thrive in the writers’ room, relish the challenge of adapting books to screen (and translating French to English and vice versa!), and their work on bibles and pilot scripts has helped take projects over the commissioning line with the likes of Cartoon Network and Netflix.

From 101 dotty dogs and cows on the run to teen hangovers and menstrual nightmares, they’ll tackle any situation no matter how furry or awkward…

Additionally, Kirsty is an experienced producer trained at UCLA in Los Angeles, Bristol University’s post-graduate Media School, the Eric Pommer Institute and MEDIA’S EAVE Programme. Her work includes comedy pilots for Working Title TV, live TV shows for HTV and United Artists Communications, festival-winning short films, branding commercials, theatre events (www.WordTheatre.com), and, through her independent production company Gritstone Entertainment, the development of feature films including ‘Subbuteo Man‘ with Hasbro.

Work

Current

Flatmates
Zodiak / CBBC

2 x 30′ episodes for this YA comedy drama live-action series which is currently the No. 1 show for 11-15 year olds on BBC iPlayer.

Their two episodes Unstoppable and Cosplay are currently available on BBC iPlayer here.

101 Dalmatian Street
Passion Pictures / Disney

10 x 11′ episodes for this animation series for 6-11 year olds

Grisella
Red Balloon / Maze / Clou Partners

Live-action CGI feature film adaptation of children’s classic book Grisella the Donkey by H M Denneborg. Script development funding awarded from German Cultural Fund and Italian/German co-production fund.

Director: Huseyin Tabak
Producers: Red Balloon Film GmbH, Philipp Kreuzer (Maze GmbH) and Torsten Poeck (Clou Partners)

Television

Mama K's Super 4 (2017-2018)
CAKE Entertainment / Triggerfish

Animation bible and pilot script (22′) for series which has been picked up by Netflix

Superbuilders I and II (2016-2019)
Something Big (France) / Mr Cartoon (China)

Several episodes across Season 1 and 2

Producers: Frédéric Peuch and Chris Parker

Animal Academy (2017)
Channel X

Creators of original YA live-action series (30′) optioned by Channel X

Producers: Alan Marke and Jim Reid

OHM (2017)
Caribara Productions (France)

Bible polish and script translation (French to English). Script (11′) for new animation series in development.

Producer: Charlotte Monserrat

Floogals (2016)
Sprout (Universal Kids) / The Foundation / Zodiak Kids

Episode ‘Project Mirror’ (11′) for animation series

Producers: Ceri Barnes and Nigel Pickard

Astro Boy Reboot (2015)
CAKE Entertainment / Caribara

Pilot script (22′) for new animated series in development

Stone Bone Rocks (2014)
Toonmax Media / Shanghai Media Group

Development work on this animated TV series based on a best-selling Chinese comic

Casper's Scare School II
Classic Media / Moonscoop (for TF1 and Cartoon Network)

Writers of 4 x 11′ episodes for the second series of this popular animated TV show

Producers: Ceri Barnes and Jean Brune

Thomas the Tank Engine (2013)
HIT Entertainment / Thirteen WNET / Nickelodeon

Writers of the episode ‘Sodor Surprise Day’ for hit CGI animated children’s TV series

Producer: Sam Barlow

Bradley & Bee (2013)
Red Kite Animation

Development work for pre-school series – pilot episode (11′)

Producer: Leanne Preston

Angelina Ballerina - The Next Steps (2010)
Hit Entertainment / Thirteen WNET / Nickelodeon

Writers of 4 x 11′ episodes

Head Writers: Laura Beaumont, Paul Larson and Sharon Miller
Executive Producer: Karen Barnes

Dumb Girls (2010)

Creators and writers of original animated TV series taken into development with major US studio (NDA)

Feature Films in Development

Subbuteo Man
Gritstone Entertainment / Hasbro Studios

Writer and producer of this live-action CGI feature film based on Hasbro’s toy Subbuteo. Early development supported by Bird Eye View and Warp Films.

Writers: Kirsty Peart and Daniel Tatarsky
Producers: Gritstone Entertainment, Philipp Kreuzer (Maze GmbH) and The Manipulators

The Witchcraft Conspiracy
Gritstone Entertainment

Inspired by the true story of the last woman to be tried for – and found guilty of – witchcraft… in 1944.

Writer: Alice D Cooper
Producer: Kirsty Peart
Executive Producer: Margaret Matheson

Selected for Moonstone and MEDIA’s EAVE Programme

Finding Bin Laden
Gritstone Entertainment

Adapted from the award-winning Edinburgh Fringe Festival play. Led the recce and research in Afghanistan in 2005.

Writer: Henry Naylor (three-time Fringe First-winner Naylor is a leading writer on the international Fringe circuit, his plays having won or been nominated for over 35 global awards)
Producers: Kirsty Peart (Gritstone) and Christopher Figg

Blackamoor
Gritstone Entertainment

The story of Pushkin’s great grandfather, the Moor of Peter the Great. Optioned by World Productions.

Writers: Colin Heber Percy and Lyall Watson
Producer and Co-Creator: Kirsty Peart

Feature Films

Cow on the Run (2018)
Gritstone Entertainment / Maze / The Manipulators

Live-action CGI mix family feature film shortlisted for a German LOLA Award. Development funding from the Bavarian Film Fund and Media.

Director: Barry Cook (Mulan, Arthur Christmas, Walking with Dinosaurs 3D)
Animation Director: Marco Marenghi (I am Legend, Alice in Wonderland, 2012)
VFX Supervisor: Robin Saxen (Paddington, The Lord of the Rings)

Hero of Color City (2014)
Exodus Film Group / Magnolia Pictures

Writers on this animated pre-school feature film

Director: Frank Gladstone
Producers: John Eraklis and Max Howard
Voices: Christina Ricci, Rosie Perez, Wayne Brady, Craig Ferguson and Owen Wilson

Other

Apple Pie Lullaby (2017)
KMBO Films / Vladimir Kokh

Feature script analysis, breakdown and report

Director: Reinis Kalnaellis

Geminose (2014)
LA Production / NDA & Starbreeze Studios

Character development and canon for global toy/transmedia franchise targeting 5-12 year olds

Morning Relief (2007)
Laurel Canyon Pictures / HBO

Writers and co-producers for this web show, scripted and starring Kedward and Peart as female hosts

Director: Xavier Fernandez
Producers: Daniel Paul (Laurel Canyon) and Bill Fisher (HBO)

Toolbox (2005)
Klasky Csupo / Carat Media Group

Writers on this interstitial advertising campaign for Klasky Csupo (Rugrats). Short 1-2′ comedy episodes set in a car mechanic’s, targeting 18-30 year olds.

Short Films

Veils (2007)
Gritstone Entertainment

HD on this 15′ short film funded by the Jewish Film Festival, starring Maureen Lipman, Ray Panthaki and David Horovitch, shot in London

Writer and Director: Dan Susman
Producers: Kirsty Peart (Gritstone), Jane McGee and Taimoor Sobhan

Fetsivals: Raindance, Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival, Tirana, Rushes Newcomer Selection, Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival
Pears Short Film Fund Winner 2007

Send in the Clowns (2006)
Gritstone Entertainment

HD on this 15′ short film, starring Kulvinder Ghir and Dave Lamb, shot on location in Morocco and London

Writer and Director: Henry Naylor
Producers: Kirsty Peart (Gritstone) and Jane McGee

WINNER of Best Short Film at the Los Angeles International Mockumentary Film Festival 2007

Gooseberries Don't Dance (1999)
Quadriga Productions

35mm x 15′ short film, starring Ian Holm and Penelope Wilton, which launched the British Short Film Festival and selected for British Council’s First Film Foundation / Best of British screenings in Los Angeles and New York

Writer and Director: Andrew Kazamia
Producer: Kirsty Peart

The Gingerbread House (1994)

35mm x 30′ short film, awarded The Best of British Shorts selection in British Short Film Festival 1994 and Le Prix de la Ville de Grenoble, Festival du Court/Metrage 1994

Souther Parallel (1993)

Super 16mm x 15′ short film shot in Montpelier, France. Department Heritage Eureka Scheme.

Producer: Kirsty Peart

Various Branding Films (2006-2009)

Clients include: Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority; Construct; Four IV; Eurostar; Shock Absorber; Zilwa (Seychelles/South Africa); including Abu Dhabi Pro Golf Tournament spots on ADTA/CNN

Cul de Sac (2006)
Working Title TV / Picture Farm

Producer on the 30′ pilot episode

Director: Sean Grundy
Producer: Adrian Sturges
Executive Producer: Simon Wright

Pump TV (1995-1996)
HTV / General Cable

Series Producer / Director on this 52 x 60′ live studio-based show presented by Sacha Baron Cohen

Tellywest (1994-1996)
HTV / United Artists Communications

Series Producer / Director on this ground-breaking daily live studio-based TV show (60′) presented by Jason Bradbury