“Enriching children’s imagination with fantastic characters and stories that will live with them forever…”
Founded in 2005 by Mellie Buse and Jan Page, Adastra creates and produces original, high quality content across a range of genres and platforms – including television, theatre, publishing, education, interactive web, mobile, games console, DVD and film. The company is best known for creating and producing the top-rating BAFTA-nominated children’s television comedy drama Grandpa in my Pocket, which won the 2010 Welsh BAFTA for Best Children’s Programme. Produced for the Cbeebies channel and financed entirely in the UK, the show has been sold to over a hundred international territories.
52 Episodes of Adastra Creative’s new pre-school live action comedy – Ha Ha Hairies – have started to roll out across Europe, Middle East and Africa and on Cartoonito and S4C in the UK. It is estimated to reach 125 million homes.
However, Adastra is much more than an independent television producer. Unique in the UK children’s arena, this is a writer-led company that takes an eclectic and highly collaborative approach to creating content. Adastra seeks out cultural business partners who share its vision to stimulate and nourish children’s imaginative lives. These partners might be an inspirational small-scale theatre company, a high-level brand consultant or an innovative interactive media designer. Adastra is passionate about finding new ways to bring creative people together, people who would normally never meet, nor even believe that they share values.
Mellie Buse and Jan Page have strong backgrounds in a variety of media. Jan Page co-founded Big Brum, now one of the country’s leading theatre-in-education companies. Mellie Buse is a multi-award winning audio producer who adapted and produced the entire Roald Dahl canon for Penguin. They have published books for children and teenagers, written family theatre shows and even children’s operas. As scriptwriters they have contributed to some of the industry’s most popular and successful children’s television series – including Charlie and Lola, Thomas the Tank Engine, Angelina Ballerina, The Hoobs, The New Adventures of Captain Pugwash, The Tweenies and Fireman Sam. Their work has won a plethora of awards – Baftas, British Animation Awards, Indies, Talkies and Theatre Awards.
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