Mellie BuseScreenwriter, Producer
Mellie is a Children’s and family content creator, producer, writer, script editor and creative consultant. Together with her writing colleague, Jan Page, she set up Adastra Creative Ltd, a writer-led Independent TV production company in 2006 which has produced five series of the top rated CBeebies mixed content show Grandpa in my Pocket along with a successful stage version. Grandpa has been nominated for a BAFTA five times, has won the BAFTA Cymru for Best Children’s Programme and has sold to over 106 territories. The company also created and produced the pre-school series Ha! Ha! Hairies! for Turner EMEA, which has also garnered four BAFTA nominations and a win.
Mellie is now heading up the development of all content at Adastra Development Ltd, her new company, which she co-runs with Martin Franks, a TV director and new media producer. The company has been commissioned to produce a new 52-episode pre-school show for CH5/Milkshake with support from the new Young Audience Content Fund and Northern Ireland Screen. There are a number of other projects in development including a TV adaptation of the successful book series ‘The Boy Who Grew Dragons’, together with two animated shows and a puppetry series entitled ‘Aluna and The Go Away Bird’. Mellie has recently been head writer on Season 2 of Wissper, an animated show for CH5/Milkshake and continues to help other companies with development and creative consultancy.
With a degree in Drama and Russian, Mellie began her media career in Audio Publishing as a Voice Director, working with established primetime actors. She started writing for television with The New Adventures of Captain Pugwash for ITV and soon found herself working with the Jim Henson Company, where she co-created and developed The Hoobs for Channel 4 and was Head Writer and Show Runner on all 250 episodes. The Hoobs won the BAFTA for Best Pre-School Live action show in 2002. Mellie then went to Australia to co-develop and set up the writing process on another Henson show (Bambaloo) and on her return began work with Tiger Aspect, script editing the award winning Charlie and Lola. She has written on many of the significant children’s animated brands including Angelina Ballerina, for which she wrote a 50-minute special that won a British Animation award in 2004.
Other shows include The Magic Key, The Magic Roundabout, Fireman Sam, Barnaby Bear, Little Robots and Five Minutes More, along with a host of development work over the years, including Roald Dahl’s The Enormous Crocodile.
Exciting technological opportunities are now opening up and Adastra Development is embracing these new platforms by creating short-form content and apps, alongside traditional broadcast television.