Mellie set up Adastra Creative with writing colleague, Jan Page six years ago. Their first commission ‘Grandpa in my Pocket’ – 66 episodes of live action comedy for pre-schoolers - has proved to be a huge hit on CBeebies and has sold to over 100 territories. It has twice been nominated for a BAFTA and won the Welsh BAFTA for Best Children’s Programme in 2010.
After three series of ‘Grandpa’ Mellie has moved on to working on a new Adastra commission for Turner. This, too, is live action comedy but in a totally different vein to Grandpa.
Mellie began her career in audio publishing, producing Radio programmes across a number of genres – audio books, drama documentaries and dramatised children's stories. She wrote, abridged and adapted hundreds of audio programmes for Penguin, BBC Worldwide, Random House, Orbis and Orion many of which won prestigious industry awards.
Mellie also wrote and produced a host of corporate programmes and training programmes for companies. The most comprehensive body of work was a series of nine fully dramatised Roald Dahl Titles for Penguin Audio which she dramatised, produced and directed.
Mellie began working in television as a writer on ‘The New Adventures of Captain Pugwash’ and this was followed by ‘Mopatop's Shop’ a live action show for the Jim Henson company. She wrote on various series for HIT Entertainment including ‘Angelina Ballerina’ and ‘The Magic Key’, along with a number of programmes for BBC Education. She then landed the Head Writing/Series Producer role on Jim Henson's ‘The Hoobs’ - a 250 half hour live action pre-school show for Channel 4 which won the BAFTA for Best Pre-School live action show.
Latterly, Mellie went to Sydney to Exec Produce a Henson/Yoram Gross co-production, ‘Bambaloo’. She has also worked on all three series of ‘Charlie and Lola’ as Script Editor/Pre-School consultant.
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