Grainne McGuinness

Grainne McGuinness

Gráinne is the creator of ‘Pablo’ for CBeebies and RTÉJr., distributed internationally by CAKE. This series is now celebrated all over the world for its timely portrayal of a smart little autistic character.

Pablo encourages understanding and empathy through funny colourful characters and refreshingly unusual stories.

As Paper Owl’s Creative Director, Gráinne leads the development of ambitious content for large scale audiences. This also includes a passion for the survival of minority languages borne out in the production of Irish language content like preschool cookery series ‘Bia Linn’ & a wildlife series Na Dulradóirí, for 8 – 12 year olds on TG4.

Pablo has become an international movement for celebrating #thinkingdifferently and encouraging young audiences to see the world in different ways. 2019 will see the Pablo brand expand as an international licencing and merchandising strategy is growing, with a YouTube Channel, book deal and musical theatre show. Pablo proves that meaningful content for kids needs to be commercially successful – audiences everywhere must want to watch it.

Gráinne is mixing it up with a slate of new projects for younger viewers: both in the preschool, 8 – 12s and early teen space. Her passion is the creation of meaningful content for younger viewers that will help inspire and educate them about how to be in the modern world.

Find information on when Gráinne is speaking here. 

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