7th February 2020


Flickerpix, one of Northern Ireland’s leading animation companies has acquired the rights for the bestselling children’s fiction book series ‘Dirty Bertie’ with plans to develop a new 26 part television animation series.  The deal was struck with Christine Isteed of Artist Partners on behalf of illustrator David Roberts and Kate Shaw of The Shaw Agency on behalf of author Alan MacDonald.

Flickerpix is the animation arm of leading independent television production company Waddell Media and will be showcasing ‘Dirty Bertie’ at next week’s Kidscreen Summit in Miami (10 – 13 February). Kidscreen is renowned as the kids’ entertainment industry’s most important event with representatives from 50 plus countries.

The new animation series which is currently in early development using 2D - CGI technology will be aimed at 5-8 years old focusing on the madcap adventures of the messy, disaster-prone boy Dirty Bertie and his overactive imagination. The book series, illustrated by David Roberts and written by Alan MacDonald and published by Stripes Publishing has already won the hearts of children worldwide with more than 1.7 million copies and 33 titles sold which have been translated into more than 27 languages. 

Jannine Waddell MBE, Managing Director, Waddell Media says: “We are delighted to have secured the rights for Dirty Bertie and look forward to bringing the series to life and an even bigger audience through the medium of television animation. Next week’s Kidscreen Summit will enable Flickerpix to pitch Dirty Bertie to an impressive audience of broadcasters, investors and potential partners as the series has huge potential internationally with the right backing.”

David Roberts, creator and illustrator, Dirty Bertie says: “I’m so excited for Bertie and his friends to see where this new adventure with Flickerpix takes them. More silliness, more giggles and more FUN!” 

 Alan MacDonald, writer, Dirty Bertie says: “I'm very excited to be working with Flickerpix on developing 'Dirty Bertie' for TV. I've always felt the character and the stories have enormous potential for animation and Flickerpix has proved to be the perfect home for them. Fans of the books often ask me when ‘Dirty Bertie’ will be on television and before long I hope I’ll have an answer for them.”

Johnny Schumann, Creative Director, Flickerpix says: “Children love Bertie and his madcap adventures, with Alan’s fast-paced stories and David’s witty illustrations we feel these books are a perfect fit for animation.  There are currently 33 Dirty Bertie titles offering a wealth of material for our series with 100 wickedly funny short stories. We are delighted to be working with David and Alan to bring Bertie to life.” 

Dirty Bertie is being developed by Flickerpix with funding from NI Screen and BFI Young Audiences Fund.


For further information contact Orla McKibbin on 07879 666427 or email [email protected]


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GETAWAYS Travel Series Is Back!

6th January 2020
Fasten your seatbelts, forget the winter weather and let the new season of Getaways transport you to some great holiday destinations.

The series kicks off in the Balearic island of Menorca with 2 new presenters, Holly Hamilton and JJ Chalmers, joining the Getaways team. JJ is a former Royal Marines Commando and Invictus Games medallist, Holly is a sports reporter, appearing regularly on BBC Breakfast’s red sofa.

Getaways features holiday destinations you can reach directly from Scotland and the island of Ireland. Over six weeks, the show will report from Menorca, Philadelphia on the eastern seaboard of the USA, Prague and Brno in the Czech Republic, the northern Croatian resorts of Opatija and Rijeka, the Greek island of Crete and Seville in southern Spain. 

Over the series the presenting team will also see Joe Lindsay back on board, he’ll be joined by another new face to Getaways, Jennifer Reoch.  

Viewer recommendations will drive the show and our presenters will check out the activities and highlights that have come directly from viewers.

In addition, every week a guest presenter fronts a short getaway, a break closer to home. In the first programme, Eamonn Holmes rekindles childhood holiday memories in the Glens of Antrim. Other guest presenters are broadcaster and journalist Kirsty Wark, actor Atta Yaqub, Diona Doherty (Derry Girls), Jean Johansson and Kristian Nairn (‘Hodor’, Game of Thrones).

In Menorca, Holly and JJ kick off with those all-important beaches. They splash out at a waterpark, take in the views from an extraordinary cliff-face bar, check out the capital, Mahon, go lobster fishing, visit the white-washed village of Binibeca, see the famous Menorcan horses in action, admire the architecture of Ciutadella, and there’s even time for kayaking and snorkelling.

BBC Scotland - Thursday 9th January - 8pm
BBC Northern Ireland - Monday 13th January - 7.30pm

New TV series Francis Brennan's 5 Star Training Academy

16th December 2019
Francis Brennan's 5 Star Training Academy seeking contributors!  

Hotelier and TV personality, Francis Brennan, is on the hunt for new recruits for his brand new 5* training academy. 

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11th December 2019
Richard Curran reveals the top 50 billionaires and millionaires who have burst onto The Sunday Times Rich List since the year 2000 this Thursday (12 December) at 9.30pm on RTÉ 2 in a new two part series produced by Waddell Media.

As well as meeting with some of Ireland’s most dynamic millionaires, Richard will also be looking for trends that have taken place over the last twenty years. Which sectors have boomed and which have crashed - and can he make a few predictions about how to make millions in the future?

David Cumming, Executive Producer, Waddell Media says: “In the first of two episodes, Richard kicks off the countdown of Ireland’s 21st Century Hotshots as well as meeting some of Ireland’s most inspiring new millionaires. The programme will also be revealing some of the most minted celebrities of the past two decades. And with some help from a private security company, Richard gets a taste for the billionaire lifestyle.”

Richard Curran says: “Famous faces, property tycoons, lottery winners and tech start ups all feature in this first show which counts down to 26th place, which is worth an impressive €207m, that’s enough to buy a private jet, an exotic island and a trip to space. But in the final part we count down the top 25 of Ireland’s 21st century hotshots – teen millionaires, a Holywood sweetheart and some savvy investors all feature, but you’ll have tune in to find out who takes the top spot.”

In part two Richard also looks at Ireland’s booming whiskey industry, where many believe there are fortunes to be made. And while many techies are shooting up the list, what about those who have crashed and burned?

Ireland’s 21st Century Hotshots is produced by Waddell Media for RTÉ 2 featuring a wide range of expert contributors including Sunday Times’ Nick Webb and Brian Carey; INM’s Niamh Horan, Paul McNeive and Adrian Wreckler; Irish Times’ Mark Paul; Entrepreneurs Sean Gallagher, Margaret E Ward and Norah Casey; Communications commentators Terry Prone and Collette Sexton; Business Plus Magazine’s Siobhan O’Connell and online experts Stephen O’Leary, Olytico; Aine Kerr, Kinzen; The Journals’ Susan Daly; Tom Lyons from The Currency, along with Ali Ryan from giving us an insight into those celebrity millionaire lifestyles. 

Kerry Reid, producer, Waddell Media says: “The billionaires and millionaires featured in the show cover the length and breadth of Ireland, from a Galway tenor with a hair-raising idea who won’t have to sing for his supper to a well known golfer from the North, actors, performers and impressive entrepreneurs are all there.”

Ireland’s 21st Century Hotshots starts this Thursday (12 Dec) at 9.30pm on RTÉ 2.


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