Ailish McElmeel

Co-Founder & Producer


Ailish has won multiple international awards for producing critically acclaimed and popular TV shows and feature films over her fifteen-year career.  Most recently, she produced The South Westerlies, a 6 x 1-hour comedy drama series for RTÉ, Acorn Media and ZDF Enterprises with support from Screen Ireland. The series stars Orla Brady, Eileen Walsh, Patrick Bergin, Ger Ryan and Steve Wall and is due for release in Autumn 2020.  Ailish also acted as executive producer on Dead Still a new drama series for RTÉ and Acorn Media, written by John Morton and starring Michael Smiley, Kerr Logan and Eileen O’Higgins and was EP on Aoife Crehan’s debut feature The Last Right, which premiered in December 2019.

In 2018 Ailish was an executive producer on Sharon Horgan and Lorna Martin’s Women on the Verge for UKTV’s Channel W and RTÉ. Earlier that year she produced Season 2 of Can’t Cope Won’t Cope for RTÉ, BBC3 and which was sold to Netflix worldwide. It is a comedy-drama written by Stefanie Preissner and starring Seána Kerslake and Nika McGuigan.

In 2017 Ailish produced Nowhere Fast a ‘dramedy’ series for RTÉ 2 written by Alison Spittle, with BBC Worldwide handling international sales.  She also produced Halal Daddy in 2017, Conor McDermottroe’s second feature, co-written by Mark O’Halloran and starring Nikesh Patel, Colm Meaney, Sarah Bolger and Art Malik. Global Screen handled international sales and Koch Media managed the film’s German release. She also produced the first series of Can’t Cope Won’t Cope in 2016 and in 2015 Ailish produced a RTÉ/IFB funded webseries, Burning Wishes which picked up over 20 international awards including Best Webseries at the Bilbao Webfest and a Best Director prize at the San Francisco Webfest for director Vincent Gallagher.

Prior to establishing Deadpan Pictures with Paul Donovan in 2014, Ailish was Head of Production for Grand Pictures, across three series of International Emmy and British Comedy award-winning Moone Boy .  While at Grand Pictures she also co-produced two series of Monte Carlo TV Festival nominated Trivia as well as Val Falvey, TD  and  School Run for RTE and co-produced the features Wide Open Spaces and The Race.

Ailish is a recent alumni of the NFTS’s Inside Pictures Programme (2019), she is also an alumni of  Trans-Atlantic Partners (2013), the EAVE Producers’ programme (2007) and completed a Development Executive Traineeship facilitated by SSI and awarded by UCLA (2006) and holds a BSc. in Film & Broadcasting.