The Moley TV series follows the day-to-day misadventures of MoleTown’s favourite citizen, Moley, as he travels the tunnels of MoleTown sharing what he has learnt on his travels to the surface and falling into a bit of good-natured trouble along the way. But with his perseverance, resourcefulness and helpful friends he’ll always find an ingenious way to dig himself out of trouble.
The series targets a “bridge” audience of 4-8 year olds but has enough humour and story detail to keep entire families captivated. The goal is to make it simple and accessible enough visually and story-wise for younger viewers, but with enough surprising action and clever humour to engage the oldest of that age group and beyond.
James, the Creator and CEO of Two Daughters Entertainment Ltd is a British entrepreneur, turned children’s book author. James has 40 years’ experience in publishing, media, marketing and assisting with the growth of global consumer and luxury goods companies.
Tony is the founder of Nottage Productions Ltd, which produces high end bespoke animation for the TV, film and commercial sectors. Tony has over 20 years’ animation experience and started his own UK based animation studio and went on to write and produce “Saving Santa” his first feature film, which sold to over 25 countries. Tony is writing, producing and directing a slate of animated feature films.
Leon started out with a mentorship at Disney Studios in Los Angeles under Erik Larson, before progressing as an animator on “Little Mermaid”, and then moving on to directing (under Roy Disney), on films like “Scooby Doo” and “Aliens in the Attic”. Leon worked with Tony Nottage on “Saving Santa” and “Reds and Grays” and on Tony’s latest film “Land of Sometimes”, starring Ewan McGregor and Helena Bonham-Carter.
Warwick is an English actor, television presenter, writer, director and producer. He played the title character in Willow and the Leprechaun film series, the Ewok Wicket in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Professor Filius Flitwick and Griphook in the Harry Potter films. Warwick also starred as a fictionalised version of himself in the sitcom Life’s Too Short, written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.
Dominic is the CEO of Jetpack Distribution. He has a passion for kids television. Dominic has 20 years experience in the industry and prior to Jetpack held various senior level roles at global TV and entertainment companies including The Walt Disney Company and Turner where he was the Channel Manager of Cartoon Network.
Neal has been a visual development artist for over 25 years, working with studios that include Paramount Pictures, Lego, Disney, Universal Studios, Illumination and many more. Neal’s recent films include “The Goofy Movie”, “Secret Life of Pets”, “Gnomeo and Juliet”, “Saving Santa” and most recently “Sherlock Gnomes”.
Somu co-founded Cosmo-Giantwheel, and is the CEO and Creative Director. In a career span of 22 years, he has to his credit films like “Narnia”, “GI Joe” and “The Night at the Museum 2” while working with The Moving Picture Company in London. Recently Somu was the Executive Producer on “The Wild Adventures of Blinky Bill” aired on Network 7 Australia and Creative Supervisor on “Bottersnikes and Gumbles” a BBC, Network 7 and Netflix series.
SHIRANI LE MERCIER
Shirani has worked in the film industry for two decades across various aspects of the business: distribution and production. She started her career at Sony Pictures where she worked for 9 years on blockbusters such as Men In Black, Erin Brokovich, Spiderman and The Da Vinci Code. Since then she has worked as an independent film producer on various projects for French companies (studio Gaumont among others), as well as for clients in the UK and Spain. Shirani is a member of BAFTA. A Business School Graduate, she lives in London and speaks fluent English and French.
Maggie worked at both the BBC and EMI. She has worked as music producer and supervisor on many high profile films scores including ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’, ‘Cinderella’, ‘The Boxtrolls’, ‘Brave’, ‘Thor’, ‘Jane Eyre’, ‘The King’s Speech’, ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’, ‘Pride & Prejudice’, ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’. Maggie served as a PRS Director for many years and was an active member of the PRS Executive Board. Maggie was a member of the BAFTA Film committee for six years and is currently the Chairman of the BAFTA Archive, Heritage & Exhibitions Committee.
Tony-nominated and Drama Desk Award-winning composer Grant has made a name for himself as a versatile and prolific composer. He is equally at home writing for film or theatre, orchestra, action sequences, sweeping emotional themes or delicate underscore as well as being a sought after songwriter and lyricist. Grant has composed and orchestrated animated features, documentaries, contemporary plays and musical theatre. He is known for his holistic understanding of drama and ability to flit between many musical styles, as well as his huge talent as a songwriter.
Jessica Yu Li Henwick is a British actress and writer. She is the first British Chinese actress to play the lead role in a British television series, having starred in the children’s show Spirit Warriors. She is also known for her roles in Game of Thrones, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Disney’s Iron Fist, The Defenders and Luke Cage. She also starred in the movies Underwater, Love and Monsters and is appearing in Knives Out 2 and The Matrix 4. As well as a talented actress, Jessica is a talented writer and director and is working alongside Tony Nottage and Leon Joosen on Moley and A Christmas Twist.
Ricky is a screenwriter of animated TV and film. Currently writing for Disney where he writes Disney Channel’s hit animated comedy adventure “Tangled” and is also working on the upcoming “Big Hero 6” animated TV series. He has also worked on major franchises like DreamWorks Animation’s “Dragons Race to the Ede”, Netflix’s “Spy Kids : Mission Critical” and Hasbro’s “Micronauts”. He also served as screenwriter on “Saving Santa” with Leon Joosen and Tony Nottage.
Bart has written on “Alvin & The Chipmunks” and “Curious George”. He wrote “Happy-go-Lucky” with DreamWorks, picked up by Nickelodeon. The TV movie premiered in March of 2019. He also wrote “Sheepish” with IDT/Starz Animation. He’s also written the “How To Train Your Dragon Book Of Dragons”. At DreamWorks as a character TD & rigger, he worked on”Shrek”, “Flushed Away”, “Bee Movie”, “How to Train Your Dragon”, “Croods”, “Kung Fu Panda”, “How to Train Your Dragon 2”, and more. He is currently in New Zealand working at WETA Digital.
Leanna Dindal was born and raised in Los Angeles. She graduated with a degree in screenwriting from California State University Northridge, and also studied improvisation and sketch comedy at The Second City Conservatory and narrative improv at Impro Theatre. There she performs full length, completely improvised plays in the styles of well-known authors. She attributes a good deal of her story sense to having trained in improv for over ten years. Her writing credits include Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure and The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse.
Todd works as a writer and producer of film and TV. His animation credits include Warner Bros.’ Wacky Races, DreamWorks’ Voltron: Legendary Defender, Hasbro’s Micronauts, and more. Recently, he sold his original animated sci-fi series, Dark Star Squadron, to Crunchyroll. Todd lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their two sons.
Dave Schiff is the Co-Creator and Executive Producer of “Bear in Underwear” (Amazon Studios) and most recently worked on “Tangled: The Series” (Disney Channel). His other credits include “That ‘70s Show” (FOX), “King of the Hill” (FOX), “3rd Rock from the Sun” (NBC), “Robot and Monster” (Nickelodeon), and “Big Time Rush” (Nickelodeon). Dave’s first job as a Staff Writer was on “Between Brothers” (FOX). He’s a graduate of Northwestern University, where he studied Radio/ Television/Film and was the host of “The Lonesome Cowboy Dave” radio show on WNUR-FM.
Alan spent over nine years at Aardman Animations as a Senior Animator and Director and in 2007 he was appointed Head of CGI for Aardman. Alan was Animation Director on the 2011 Bafta-nominated Aardman/Sony animated CG feature Arthur Christmas. In 2016 he co-directed the BBC/Netflix mini-series production of the Richard Adams’ classic, and Emmy nominated Watership Down. Recently, for Moley he wrote the episodes "Dogzilla" and "Some Like It Cool" in which we dedicated to him: "In memory of Alan Short, a loving partner, Dad, Pops, colleague and talented creative artist and writer".
CAST & CHARACTERS
Sightly bumbling mole.
Likes: Inventing, eating, magic, travelling, singing & Mona Lisa
Favourite Things: Manny (the magic book), his car, grubs and worms
Favourite Sounds: The Snuffle Shuffle, trumpets and horns
An eager-to-please albeit dotty mole
Likes: Inventing, adventures, vegan snacks and digging
Favourite Things: Her mystery tunnel, Moley and shiny objects
Favourite Sounds: Digging and “breaky” noises
MoleTown’s hair-brained planner
Likes: Inventing, explosions and magic
Favourite Things: Gadgets, recycling and repairing, his unicycle leg.
Favourite Sounds: Bangs, clanks, whirs and whizzes
MoleTown’s wisest mole
Likes: Reading, meditating and studying
Favourite Things: History, magic and philosophising
Favourite Sounds: Closing books, magic puffs and sweet silence
A cultured, stylish and artistic mole
Likes: Fashion, art, dancing and Moley
Favourite Things: Clothes, travel and learning new cultures
Favourite Sounds: Laughter, harps and violins
RICHARD E GRANT
Bent on capturing Manny and using his magical powers
Hates: Moley, Manny and all moles
Least Favourite Things: Master Moley, dirt and mud
Least Favourite Sounds: Laughter, joy and happiness
Loves spoiling Moley.
Old fashioned and suspicious
Jetpack signed a distribution deal with WarnerMedia for both the sale of the 30 minute Special and the TV Series, on July 1st 2020.