Speaker Colin Williams

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Colin Williams

Creative Director

Sixteen South

A BAFTA winning and EMMY® nominated producer, Colin is passionate about creating and producing quality television for children in every part of the world and his shows can be seen on networks across the globe.

A creative, graduating with a first class degree in Design, Colin spent his early career in advertising followed by seven years of running his award winning commercial production house, Inferno in Belfast. With a passion for storytelling, Colin founded Sixteen South in 2007 to make world-class television for children all over the world. Colin is the Creative Director and Showrunner on all of Sixteen South’s productions while also leading the company’s development team.

In the last eight years, Sixteen South has gained an international reputation for top quality work and exceptional storytelling, and has already created and already produced over 300 episodes of award winning children’s television for broadcasters around the world.

Colin has partnered with some of the biggest names in television on his shows including: Sesame Tree, a new version of Sesame Street for CBeebies in partnership with Sesame Workshop, Big City Park, a co- production with BBC Scotland, for CBeebies, and the BAFTA award winning Big & Small in partnership with Kindle Entertainment, also for CBeebies. Sixteen South’s Pajanimals is a bedtime puppet show produced in partnership with The Jim Henson Company and Sprout, NBC’s children’s channel. The   show airs daily in the US, UK, Australia and throughout most of Europe on Disney Junior and  nationwide across the US on NBC’s Saturday morning kids block. Pajanimals is broadcast into over 300 million homes across the world.

Colin’s work has already notched up 30 international awards including an IFTA, HUGOs and a BAFTA and EMMY® nominations.

Sixteen South is currently producing Season 2 of Lily’s Driftwood Bay, which Colin has Created and Produces.  It launched in Summer 2014 and has been sold into 125 countries and is already a top rated show across the world.  Sixteen South have appointed Nickelodeon Consumer Products who have launched a licensing programme with merchandise already in Argos, WH Smith, Mothercare and John Lewis across the UK and Ireland.

The studio is also in production on three other shows including Claude, a 2D animated series based on the best selling book series by Alex T Smith.  It has been acquired by Disney Junior and will air across Europe, Middle East, Africa and Australasia from 2017.  The studio is producing 80 episodes of a brand new show for PBS which launches in February 2018 and 26 episodes of a brand new live action outdoor puppet comedy called WildWoods, due for international release in late 2017.

Colin and his development team are in early pre-production on a slate of six other new shows and have acquired the television rights to Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven, their first live action high-end kids’ drama.

Sixteen South is the current BAFTA Independent Production Company of the year, is independently ranked as one of the UK’s top production companies by Televisual and Broadcast magazines and was ranked as the #2 fastest growing tech company in Ireland and the #7 fastest growing company in UK in the 2013 Deloitte Fast 50. Colin was a finalist in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013 and awarded Entrepreneur of the Year in the Aer Lingus Viscount Awards in 2014.

Colin was appointed Visiting Professor at the University of Ulster’s School of Art in 2013. He has been a TEDx speaker and is Dad to Sophie, Ben and Sam the Labrador.

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