Paul Donovan

Co-Founder & Producer


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Paul has produced some of the most successful Irish TV comedy of recent years including International Emmy Award winner Moone Boy starring Chris O’Dowd, a Baby Cow co-production for Sky; Monte Carlo TV Festival nominated Trivia; Val Falvey, TD; and Stew, winner of both IFTA and Celtic Film and Television awards.

In addition, Paul has produced the feature films The Last Right (2019, eOne), Wide Open Spaces (2008, World Sales E1); Dead Long Enough (2005); Mapmaker (2001, ZDF/ARTE); and The Last Bus Home (1996, Beyond Films).

Paul is a producer of Dead Still, a 6 x 1 Hour TV series written by John Morton for Acorn, RTÉ and ZDFE, which was released to critical acclaim in May 2020. He was co-producer of Four Kids and It, a family adventure feature film starring Academy Award-winner Michael Caine, Paula Patton, Matthew Goode and Russell Brand, based on the best-selling children’s novel by Jacqueline Wilson. Paul is currently co-producing series 2 of Departure, starring Christopher Plummer, with Shaftesbury in Canada; he is also an Executive Producer on The Brightside, a feature film directed by Ruth Meehan.

Paul is also an Executive Producer on The South Westerlies, a 6 x 1h TV drama for RTE, Acorn and ZDFE which aired in Autumn 2020. Other recent Exec Producer credits on Deadpan productions include Halal Daddy, an Irish culture clash comedy released in 2017; Alison Spittle’s comedy series Nowhere Fast, which aired to critical acclaim in late 2017 and is being sold internationally by BBC Studios; two seasons of Can’t Cope Won’t Cope which broadcast on RTÉ in 2016 & 2018 and sold to Netflix worldwide and two seasons of Hardy Bucks for RTÉ. Deadpan were also co-producers of Sharon Horgan’s Women on the Verge for UKTV and RTÉ.

Paul founded Grand Pictures with Michael Garland in 2000 and exec-produced Paths to Freedom, Fergus’s Wedding, Spin the Bottle, Puffball, Death of a Superhero and Legend of Longwood. He re-branded his wing of the company to Deadpan Pictures in 2014, which he founded with Ailish McElmeel.

Paul is a graduate of ACE, EAVE, ARISTA and Screen Leaders, and company director of Pinewood Productions Ireland.