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About Us

Established in 2014 by Paul Donovan and Ailish McElmeel, Deadpan Pictures is an award-winning boutique production company specialising in drama with a comic tone. We bring projects with unique voices and a distinct Irish flavour to international audiences. We are talent- friendly producers who craft content from development to production.


Our latest drama series is Northern Lights for TG4, Streamz and ZDFNeo in association with Screen Ireland and Lionsgate TV.  Previous productions include Can’t Cope Won’t Cope which sold to Netflix and BBC and the critically acclaimed Dead Still for ZDFE, Acorn and RTE. The company also produced the series Nowhere Fast and the ratings hit The South Westerlies. Deadpan co-produced International Emmy-winning Moone Boy with Baby Cow for Sky, Women on the Verge with Merman for UKTV and Departure 2 with Shaftesbury Films in Canada for Peacock and Red Arrow.


Film productions include Four Kids and It (2020), The Last Right (2019) and Halal Daddy (2017). 

Northern Lights (2022)


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