Andrew Kavanagh

CEO / Founder

Andrew is an award-winning executive producer and creator. His concepts have been developed into shows that can be seen all over the world and are watched every day by thousands of children in dozens of languages. Andrew acts as development executive and has oversight for the studio’s slate of original properties. Most recently, he has been adapting The Pomegranate Tree by Vanessa Altin as an animated feature film.

For all development queries, talk to Andrew, andrew@kavaleer.com

Gary Timpson

Managing Director

Prior to joining Kavaleer as MD in 2003, Gary was an animation director in Los Angeles, London and Brisbane, working on shows like Mr. Bean for ITV, The Proud Family for Disney and Duck Dodgers for Warner Brothers. Gary has acted as producer or executive producer on all of Kavaleer’s long-form output and is an expert on domestic finance and the Section 481 tax credit. In addition to his production roles, Gary was formerly treasurer of Animation Ireland and has recently been elected to the board of MEDIA Desk Ireland.

For all business enquiries, talk to Gary, gary@kavaleer.com

Léan Duffy

Producer

Léan has spent the better part of two decades working at the forefront of Irish animation. From unique, original and homegrown series such as Fluffy Gardens, Punky, Planet Cosmo and Nelly & Nora, and the reboot of much-loved 80’s Roobarb & Custard Too, to co-productions such as Boy Girl Dog Cat Mouse Cheese and the award-winning Pablo. Léan has had production roles on over 300 broadcast animated episodes and is currently producing Alva ‘s World for Sky Kids and RTEJr.

For all production enquiries, talk to Léan, leanduffy@kavaleer.com

Sarah-Jane Kearns

Production Manager

Sarah-Jane began working with Kavaleer as production co-ordinator and progressed to production manager on Kiva Can Do! in 2016. She has also worked as line producer for Gingerbread Animation’s Space Chickens in Space! and at Daily Madness Productions on Critters TV and Ollie as well as producing the short film To the Stars. She is currently working as production manager on Alva’s World.

Graham Corcoran

Art Director

Graham has been Art Director at Kavaleer since 2008 and has designed Garth & Bev, Wildernuts, Kiva Can Do and Alva’s World for the studio. Graham has also illustrated several children’s books for publishers such as Scholastic and The O’Brien Press, including the 2019 An Post Irish Book Award nominated Dare To Dream by Sarah Webb, and his artwork has featured in publications and gallery exhibitions worldwide.

Jenny O’ Brien

Series Director

Jenny first worked at Kavaleer back in 2006 as an interactive designer. She garnered a wealth of experience working as an animator in studios such as Monster Animation and Boulder Media, before becoming a lead animator on Nelly and Nora for Geronimo Productions. Jenny has worked as animation director on two children’s shows for Nickelodeon, Kavaleer’s Kiva Can Do! and the Mooshku show, Tot Cop. Jenny is currently directing Kavaleer’s latest original show, Alva’s World.

Joe Loftus

Animation Director

A motivated and ambitious film maker, director and animator with over 8 years’ experience working in animation. Joe has worked on shows for Disney, CBBC (Danger Mouse) and Hasbro. Always working on a new personal short film project, he is serious about creating personal stories and original, high quality 2D content. Joe joined Kavaleer in 2020 and is currently animation director on Alva’s world.

Paddy Kelly

Production Manager

Patrick started his career in animation as a CG generalist before moving into animation production. Prior to his time in Kavaleer he worked on a number of long form series, for broadcasters such as the BBC, Amazon and Nickelodeon. More recently he was Line Producer for a BBC animation special based on a Julia Donaldson adaptation. Patrick studied in Ballyfermot College of Further Education where he obtained a degree in Creative Media Studies. He currently lives in a seaside village with his partner and two young sons.

Amber Hennigan

Production Manager

Amber has been working in the animation industry since 2008, starting out as a compositor, then moving into pipeline management and production management. Amber has worked on shows like The Amazing World of Gumball, Olivia and Noddy. Having first worked with Kavaleer in 2011 on Mad Cows for RTE, a pilot for Disney Junior and on two seasons of Wildernuts for RTEJr and Tiny Pop, Amber returned in 2020 as PM on Circle Square for Milkshake.

Mark Sidlovsky

Animation Director

Born in the Czech republic, Mark studied for a master’s degree in Animation at Tomas Bata University in Zlin. He started his career as a compositing artist before moving to Germany as an inbetween animator and clean-up artist for The Amazing World of Gumball, then to France and Ireland as an Animator on first season of Boy Girl Dog Cat Mouse Cheese and storyboard artist on Alva’s World. Recently, Mark has animated on My Little Pony: Pony Life for Discovery Family before returning to take on his current role at Kavaleer.

John Perdisatt

Compositing Supervisor

John Perdisatt has 16 years experience working in the animation industry as an After Effects compositor. Cutting his teeth on shows like Roy, Baby Jake, Tilly and Friends and Zig and Zag, he subsequently worked on motion graphics for Future Shock – The Story of 2000 AD documentary. John’s involvement with Kavaleer includes Mad Cows, Wildernuts, Kiva Can Do! and Pablo and is now compositing supervisor on Alva’s World.

Thomas Gray

Animation Director

Tom got his start in animation on Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends in 2003. Since then, he has worked on numerous high-profile projects such as Wander over Yonder, The Amazing World of Gumball and DC Super Girls for some of the biggest names in broadcast animation such as Disney, Warner Bros, Cartoon Network, Nickleodeon and BBC. Tom joined Kavaleer in 2018 on Season 1 of Boy Girl Dog Cat Mouse Cheese and is now animation director on Circle Square.