Cartoon Saloon, the Irish studio behind Oscar-nominated features such as Song of the Sea and The Breadwinner, has hired two executives to bolster its development team across tv and features.
Here are the details:
- Jason Tammemägi joins the Kilkenny-based company as producer, tasked with growing and managing its tv slate alongside associate producer Nuria Blanco. He reports to Paul Young, Cartoon Saloon’s head of development and CEO.
- Tammemägi was previously creative director of Dublin’s recently closed Mooshku for six years, where he co-created and directed the preschool series Tot Cop for Nick Jr. He is also the creator of series Fluffy Gardens and Planet Cosmo. In a career spanning two decades, he has served as creative and studio lead on 300 tv episodes and showrunner on four shows.
- Meanwhile, Ailbhe McCabe has joined Cartoon Saloon as development producer, working on both tv and films. She will work closely with creative teams to get projects to greenlight.
- McCabe comes to the studio with ten years’ experience in production and broadcasting. She was a development producer at Irish animation studio Jam Media for just under three years, and previously worked at Milkshake!, the preschool programming block at the U.K.’s Channel 5.
- In addition to its features, which include Apple TV+’s forthcoming Wolfwalkers, Cartoon Saloon has produced and developed a number of kids’ tv series — among them Puffin Rock, which was first broadcast on RTÉjr in Ireland, and has aired on Nick Jr. and Netflix overseas.
Kidscreen first reported the appointments.