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Jellyfish Pictures hires Elena Wurlitzer as development producer for originals

UK-based visual effects and animation studio Jellyfish Pictures has hired Elena Wurlitzer as development producer for animated series and features at its children’s and family arm, Jellyfish Originals.

Elena Wurlitzer

Jellyfish said the appointment was part of its plans to robustly build its originals department and grow and diversify its development slate with an emphasis on high-quality animated episodic and feature content.

Wurlitzer will focus on creating and developing IP alongside Jellyfish’s in-house directors, art department and creative team, as well as acquiring external IP and working with coproduction and commercial partners.

Prior to joining Jellyfish, Wurlitzer was senior development executive at Wildseed Studios where she led a slate of original series and sourced emerging talent for live-action and animated series.

Previous roles include senior creative at children’s app Azoomee, where she developed and produced on-demand series. Earlier in her career, Wurlitzer spent several years at Disney in the original series and coproduction departments, before moving on to become an animation scriptwriter for series airing on Disney, CBeebies and the Family Channel.

Jellyfish MD of animation and originals Natalie Llewellyn said: “Elena is a stellar addition to the Jellyfish Originals team – her vast experience across TV development, screenwriting and production for major networks will grow and advance our slate of high-end, creator-driven kids’ and family IP.”

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