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Paul Donovan


Paul co-founded Deadpan Pictures to focus on producing drama with humour – smart, character-driven stories with a bone dry wit. His role is to ensure that Deadpan is the best it can be at what it does best. Having surrounded himself and Ailish with a top quality team Paul’s main job now is to stay out of their way. With 30 years experience (some good, some just experiences) Paul has a wide network of international contacts he can bring projects to.

Ailish McElmeel


Ailish co-founded Deadpan Pictures to bring comic Irish talent to the international stage. Ailish is drawn to drama with something socially relevant to say, and it must be said with humour and heart.  Having found her niche in producing darkly comic female-led drama (Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope) she’s relieved to have finally made a darkly comic male-led drama (Northern Lights). With an ace team now assembled, Ailish core remit, alongside Paul, is to steer the Deadpan team to success.

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Trisha Flood

Production Executive

Before becoming Production Executive at Deadpan Pictures, Trisha had been a Freelance Producer and a Line Producer for over ten years, working on numerous feature and short films as well as commercials and educational videos. She is now happily working 9-5, and sitting at an actual desk.

Eleanor White

Development Executive

Eleanor’s background is in theatre, where she’s worked on plays that explored everything from mechanophilia and mental health to trauma and crocodiles. She is thrilled to be developing television and is particularly passionate about stories that blend heart, humour, the weird and the authentic.

Siobhán Cullen
Office Manager 

A veteran Office Manager, with extensive experience in every sector imaginable from Archaeology to (Dublin) Zoo, Siobhan has finally returned to her first love - the creative industry.  She’s a little camera-shy but pick up the phone, drop her a line or pop in to say hello at Deadpan HQ.

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