Ailish McElmeel

Ailish has worked across some of the most critically acclaimed TV shows in Ireland in the past three years, establishing her company Deadpan Pictures as the comedy drama production company in Ireland. Since forming Deadpan Pictures with partner Paul Donovan in 2014 she has produced the TV series; Women on the Verge for UKTV and RTE (Sky Vision selling), Can’t Cope Won’t Cope for RTE (picked up by Netflix and BBC), Nowhere Fast for RTE (BBC Studios selling), Hardy Bucks for RTE (picked up by Netflix) and is currently in post production on Dead Still, a 6 hour comedy drama for RTE, Acorn and ZDFE in coproduction with Shaftsbury in Canada. She is also mid shoot on The South Westerlies, a six by one hour comedy drama for Acorn TV and RTE, with the support of Screen Ireland. On the feature film side Ailish has produced Conor McDermottoroe’s Halal Daddy, starring Colm Meaney, Art Malik, Sarah Bolger and Nikesh Patel, Deadpan’s debut feature in 2017 which premiered at Edinburgh IFF 2017 .  She is exec-producing  Aoife Crehan’s The Last Right, starring Michiel Huisman, Niamh Algar, Samuel Bottomley, Brian Cox and Colm Meaney, which will premiere at the Cork film festival in November and which EOne are releasing in Irish cinemas in early December.

Prior to establishing Deadpan Pictures Ailish was Head of Production and producer for Grand Pictures, while there she coproduced three features, The Race, Wide Open Spaces and Situations Vacant as well as coproducing four television series during her tenure

She is a graduate of TransAtlantic Partners 2013, Eave 2007 and holds a diploma from UCLA in Film Development and a B.Sc. in Film and Broadcasting from DIT. She was a founding board member of the Irish Chapter of Women in Film and Television