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Debbie Darby

Debbie Darby

Post Production Producer

London, UK

Telephone: 07841 427922







It all started as a PA at James Garrett & Partners - the top production company of its day. Next came Geers Gross - an advertising agency that specialised in TV commercials and memorable campaigns such as 'Zanussi. The Appliance of Science' and 'Sodastream. Get Busy with the Fizzy...' amongst many other high profile campaigns. I then worked at Gold Greenlees Trott for a year with Dave Trott before moving to work for Martin Lambie-Nairn at Lambie-Nairn where I produced for Daniel Barber (Knucklehead / director of 'Harry Brown') and Phil Dupee who owns the Love commercial production company.
This was followed by post production for companies such as VTR, The Hive, Red, Absolute, Framestore and Smoke and Mirrors. Experience was gained at COI, working for Claire Randall as a production cost consultant and finally, I became a client - employed by Comet Electricals marketing department. 
I joined Three Blind Mice/Jelly for a 6 month maternity cover which turned into a 6 year permanent position. My work here covered animatics, pitch, presentation materials, online, content and direct-to-client production. 
Being a freelancer, I have a very flexible approach and you can hire me for as much or as little of your production project as you like. I'm happy to get on a call and chat over your needs, and if it is not something I am suitable for, I have a range of excellent and trusted contacts, so I can always pass on some suggestions of where you can look next.
My USP? The ability to find a bespoke team for any kind of project ... delivering on time, on budget and on brief of course.

NOV 13 – FEB 17 - Head of Production - Three Blind Mice / Jelly London  Managing a team of four, supervising production for both companies whilst remaining hands on for Infographics/explainer videos, 3D and 2D animation, animatics, TV commercials, pitch and presentation materials, brand films. Sourcing new freelance talent, mentoring junior staff.  

OCT 10 – NOV 13 - Senior Producer - Three Blind Mice / Jelly London  Part of a small team – AFX editors, Photoshop ops, freelancers and animators for the production of high quality research animatics for TBM. High quality web and broadcast animation work for Jelly – account handling productions and collaborating with live action partner companies / running shoots. 

JUN 10 – OCT 10 - Freelance Producer - Comet Ltd For new brand launch TV commercials working with the in-house marketing department. Casting and POS print supply co-ordinator. Advisor for their new post production TV requirements. 

JAN 10 – May 10 - Production Cost Consultant - Claire Randall Limited Offering production and cost consultancy services for clients such as Cereal Partners, Mars, Burtons Foods, Halifax, Orange, Nokia, J and J etc. Production ‘sense checks’ and detailed cost evaluations. 

JULY 09 – DEC 09 - Freelance Producer – Central Office Information Worked on government communications for - The General Election, Dept. of Health Anti Smoking and Healthy Eating, Dept. for Schools and Colleges EMAs etc. 

DEC 06 – JULY 09 - Freelance Producer  Worked at Knifedge, Da Costa and Co, Fox Kalomaski, Ogilvy Primary Contact, RAPP. Post Producer for Framestore-CFC, Absolute Post and Saatchis in-house facility. 

DEC 05 – MAY 06 - Senior Producer - Smoke and Mirrors  Worked on ‘ITV News at 10’ branding for Red Bee Media, Reckitt Benckiser campaigns for Airwick, Veet, Dettol, Cillit Bang for JWT and EuroRSCG. Oust, Toilet Duck, Glade for FCB. DFS, Eaglemoss Publishing, Matalan, Alliance + Leicester, Swatch and Cornetto.  

FEB 05 – NOV 05 - Senior Producer - Red Post Production  One of two producers for TV commercials, pop promos, TV promotions and Spirit telecine based jobs working with the owner and Creative Director Gary Szabo for clients such as - BSkyB, Channel Four, Saatchis and Mother. The facility was purchased by TAG and was amalgamated into Smoke & Mirrors in Dec 2005. 

2004/2005 Freelance Post consultant for Saatchis/Triangle, New Era Television for Teletext, NTL On-Demand – selection and  co-ordination of teams.
FEB 1998 – SEPT 2004 – Company Director and Senior Producer - VTR / The Hive Animation Covering all aspects of post production for the commercials, film and the broadcast markets. Clients included Publicis, BBC, ITV, Disney, Channel 5, Lambie-Nairn, BT and Talk Talk. Member of start-up team of four company directors who developed and subsequently successfully ran The Hive. Experience of Inferno / Flame, Henry, Smoke, After Effects, Telecine, Tape Dubbing, Off-line editing, Sound relays. 3D software included Maya, XSi and Lightwave. Production of live-action shoots, storyboarding, 2D character design and animation projects. I was originally employed to raise profile of VTR Group for commercials production.  Led team of three, working with in-house 3D team of 12 animators. Success of this division led to the formation of the The Hive in 2000. 

APRIL 1987 – FEB 1998 - Associate Director and Senior Producer - Lambie-Nairn Live-action production included photosonics and stop frame, 2D hand and 3D computer animation projects.  Producer for Daniel Barber (Rose Hackney - now Knucklehead) and Philip Dupee (owner of Love) both of whom specialised in Special Effects and 3D based projects. Clients included Coca Cola, Alton Towers, Heineken, McDonalds, P&G, Elida Gibbs, IPC Magazines, Prudential, Johnny Walker, British Gas and Sun Alliance.  Account managed and produced the launch of Carlton Television when it replaced Thames TV, a BBC News rebrand, together with television rebrands for Tele 5, TV 1000 and Anglia Television plus numerous title sequences and promotions for MTV, Channel 4, etc. 

AGENCY EXPERIENCE at Gold Greenlees Trott CD Dave Trott: Honeywell, Taunton Cider and Sekonda watches. Geers Gross CDs John Kelley / David Barker / Bob Gross / Andy Rork: Zanussi ‘The Appliance of Science’, Sodastream ‘Get Busy with the Fizzy’, Access ‘Your Flexible Friend’, amongst many high-profile live action and animated TV commercials. 

CRAFT: Producer

SKILL: Post/VFX Producer


• Advertising agency, design, post / production company and direct to client / client-side experience of 3D/2D animation, live action, infographics, POS and graphic / brand design work.

• Extremely well organised with attention to detail, used to handling multiple productions across a variety of markets with tight deadlines.

• A team player, happy to ‘muck-in’. Excellent client communication and account handling experience for direct to client work.

• Offers versatile production solutions, tailored to a specific project / budget and has an extensive “Black Book” of contacts.

• Experience of bringing in projects on schedule, on budget and to the highest standard. 



Chris Page - Owner at Three Blind Mice/Jelly Debbie was a valuable member of the Three Blind Mice and Jelly team for many years - she reacts to challenges with enthusiasm and gusto and her little black book has proved to be an invaluable asset to the business should any project arrive that was a little out of our comfort zone. She knows her way round a client meeting and brief and is a great 'voice of reason' to have on your side throughout a production should clients need a helping hand to reassure them that things are going to stay on brief and on time - an invaluable asset should things ever get ‘sticky'. If you need someone to nurse a production to a successful fruition and hold the client's hand throughout then I suggest you let her help you out.

Martin Lambie-Nairn – Chairman and Creative Director at Lambie-Nairn Debbie was a senior producer in the television department at Lambie-Nairn. I was the chairman and creative director. The one thing that all we creative people needed was experienced and confident producers. Debbie was, and remains such a person. She is organised, forthright, and focused on getting the job done right. She brings energy and fun to every team and instils confidence in her clients because she is across all the requirements and is a delight to work with.

Catherine Marshall - Communications Director at Fourth Ltd​ I have worked with Debbie at Jelly for three years to produce animations & edits highlighting the power of our technology solutions for the hospitality sector. She holds our hands throughout the complex production process, advising on every aspect to ensure the end result is super-compelling & on brief for both EMEA & the US: animation style, optimum script content & length, tone of voice, recommending the best voice-overs, the most suitable music - ie all the key components I need help with. She is a strong, confident leader, bringing together all the constituent parts on time and on budget and, most importantly, I trust her advice totally.

Sally Forsyth-Spark - Managing/Client Services Director at Point 6 Design ​I've worked with Debbie on many TV projects over the years (in my role as client), and she was always the epitome of professionalism, with a can-do attitude and nothing fazed her. Working with Debbie is a pleasure; she'll keep you looking like a calm swan while she's doing all frantic paddling below the surface to keep everything on course (and, obviously, on budget)!

Nick Angell - Managing Director at Angell Sound Debbie and I go back more years than I would care to mention, but over the huge amount of time we have known and worked with each other I have known her to be very diligent, highly professional and an all round pleasure to work with. If she's looking after your next production, you're definitely in very safe hands