Deadpan Pictures is an award-winning boutique production company specialising in TV and feature film comedy drama. Building on the success of International Emmy-winner Moone Boy, Trivia and a history of highly successful comedy production (as Grand Pictures), Deadpan continues to work with the best Irish comedy talent, bringing projects with a distinct Irish flavour to the international market.
Our most recent productions include The Last Right, from writer/director Aoife Crehan, starring Michiel Huisman and Niamh Algar. We teamed up with CrossDay Productions for the film which is part financed by eOne Entertainment. Four Kids and It, a family adventure feature film starring Academy Award-winner Michael Caine, Paula Patton, Matthew Goode and Russell Brand, is due for release in late 2019. The film is based on the best-selling children’s novel by Jacqueline Wilson and is a co-production with Dan Films and Kindle Entertainment.
We also recently brought Sharon Horgan and Lorna Martin’s Women on the Verge to RTÉ, as production partners alongside Merman and House Productions in the UK where it aired on UKTV’s premium entertainment channel, W. Prior to that we produced female-led comedy Nowhere Fast (6 x 30 mins) by Alison Spittle, which is about life in the Irish midlands and aired to critical acclaim on RTÉ and BBC Worldwide (BBC Studios).
Other work includes Halal Daddy, an Irish culture clash feature comedy co-written by Conor McDermottroe and Mark O’Halloran (Viva) and directed by Conor McDermottroe which was released in cinemas in 2017 and Can’t Cope Won’t Cope (6 x 30 mins) written by Stefanie Priesner, directed by Cathy Brady and starring Seána Kerslake and Nika McGuigan, which was broadcast on RTÉ in late 2016 to widespread acclaim. It was sold to BBC and Netflix Worldwide by Kew Media with whom Deadpan has a First Look deal. Can’t Cope Won’t Cope Series 2 (6 x 30 mins) was broadcast in 2018, is also with Kew Media, and has been celebrated for capturing the zeitgeist of the Irish millennial. As well as these productions we have also partnered with BBC Worldwide (BBC Studios) on a number of recent half-hour comedy projects.
We are talent-friendly producers crafting content from development to production. We have over twenty years’ experience tailoring productions and co-productions to whatever is required including the professional provision of Section 481, Screen Ireland, BAI and equity funding.