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Gráinne McGuinness

Paper Owl Films

Creative Director

Gráinne McGuinness

Gráinne is the creator of ‘Pablo’ for CBeebies and RTÉJr., distributed internationally by CAKE and co-produced with Kavaleer Productions. This series is now celebrated all over the world for its timely portrayal of a smart little autistic character.

As Creative Director at Paper Owl, Gráinne leads the development of ambitious content for large scale audiences. This also includes a passion for the survival of minority languages borne out in the production of Irish language content like preschool cookery series ‘Bia Linn’ & a wildlife series Na Dulradóirí, for 8 – 12 year olds on TG4.

Gráinne's Sessions

Preview: The Creator's Inner Child

Posted on: Sunday 05 July 2020 6:23pm

Grainne McGuinness, Creative Director of Paper Owl Films, took on an ambitious project for CMC 2020 Online What kind of kid were you? How does that kid speak to the story worlds you create for young audiences today? We asked some stellar creators that very question… What did Keith Chapman get…

Nancy Kanter

On-Demand Content

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On-Demand Content

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On-Demand Content

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On-Demand Content

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On-Demand Content

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Andrew Brenner

On-Demand Content

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Keith Chapman

On-Demand Content

In a busy London family, Keith’s child self was passionate about art and football and he is still friends with his childhood buddies. No surprise then that grown up on the outside Keith is still passionate about drawing, football and creating colourful characters today.