A Productions brings in Katie Barba for key development role

Member News  |  15 November 2023

The multi award-winning Bristol animation studio brings in Katie Barba, an experienced development executive, to help grow its slate of iconic kids and family entertainment, by developing its own IP-driven content.

Katie Barba

A Productions has grown rapidly in the past five years, providing animation for an impressive roster of broadcasters and SVoDs including CBeebies, CITV, Channel 4, MAX and Sky. Since receiving investment from European powerhouse Cybergroup Studios, the studio is planning to develop its own original creator-driven content, which is a key plank in its long-term strategy for growth.

Katie Barba joins A Productions with prior experience in production and development across a number of popular kids’ animation shows such as 101 Dalmatian Street, Chip N Dale: Park Life S1 and S2 and Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire

Katie will be working closely on development with A Productions’ founder and joint managing director Mark Taylor. Her experience in identifying and developing creative talent alongside her production background will be instrumental in delivering this exciting new direction for the business.

A Productions provides animation for an ever-expanding slate of kids shows including the much-loved CBeebies JoJo & Gran Gran, Magic Light’s Pip & Posy Let’s Learn and Sesame Street: The Nutcracker, Sesame Workshop’s first-ever animated special, which recently won an RTS (Royal Television Society) award.

Katie joins the company at a busy time, with new action animation series Digital Girl in production, the new Bea’s Block show from the makers of Sesame Street which just launched, and series 2 and 3 of JoJo & Gran Gran becoming the number one ranking kids’ show in its slot in the UK.

We are excited to welcome Katie to the team at this pivotal time in the company’s evolution. Her wealth of experience … will help us to develop new relationships with creatives and partners, enabling us to realise our own IP and make new home-grown, innovative, creator-driven content for kids’ TV and film.

Mark Taylor, Joint Managing Director at A Productions

I am delighted to be joining A Productions where I can continue to develop my passion for discovering new animation talent and producing original content. A Productions has a great reputation for making creative, authentic shows that truly speak to their audience and I can’t wait to get started.

Katie Barba

A Productions is a leading, creative-led animation production studio that makes iconic children’s content for TV and film for audiences in the UK and around the world and is part of Cybergroup Studios.