Our Story


Our Story

our story

Flying Bark Productions is a prolific independent producer on the international stage with a successful legacy of creating iconic animated children’s entertainment since 1968. Operating as a full-service production facility for independent feature films and series as well as providing animation services for global clients.

Recently Flying Bark has produced some of Australia’s well-performing original family films and series, including Maya the Bee Movies and the Blinky Bill CGI adaptations as well as animating on the hit-series Rise of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Nickelodeon.

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Flying Bark is set to deliver the highly anticipated Indie-Australian film, 100% Wolf - adapted from Jane Lyon’s book with the same name - and the spin-off series in co-production with Australian broadcaster; ABC and Germany’s number one channel for family entertainment SUPER RTL. The TV series will be introduced this year at MipJunior and Mipcom in Cannes. Both, movie and series will be available by year end.

Flying Bark AND STudio 100


Flying Bark is part of the well renowned, Belgian owned Studio 100 media group, which is one of the largest independent family entertainment company in Europe. As a global group, the company enjoys great success in its international brands and has recently welcomed media production and brand management power-house M4E, as well as the Emmy Award winning US-based Little Airplane Productions and recently formed Studio Isar Animation (Munich), into the Studio 100 family.

Studio 100 maintains a broad involvement in entertainment enterprise from content creation (live action, live shows and animation), to international distribution of television and feature films as well as far reaching licensing and merchandising campaigns. The group owns 6 theme parks across Benelux and Germany. 

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The Studio

The Studio


Our dynamic studio space is located in Sydney, Australia, nestled in between the cultural hub of Newtown and the sprawling greens of Sydney University. We are a full-service space, equipped to produce both 2D and 3D animation as well as live action shoots. Our studio houses stereoscopic facilities, editing suites, art and design, story, animation, look development and experienced production departments. Flying Bark is also now working on short and long form service projects for international companies.     

But what really floats our boat? Turning ideas into stories is what we love and bringing those stories to life is our daily dose of magic. We believe that animation has a unique ability to free a child’s imagination and create magical moments, those moments become memories and those memories last a life time. We are in the business of creating those memories.


The Barkers

The Barkers


Our team is built from the innovative kids who drew on walls, talked too much and daydreamed in class so naturally, we couldn’t be happier! Cultivating a uniquely collaborative and inclusive atmosphere, our multidisciplinary crew is singularly driven by a love of story and adventure. When the going gets tough, the Barkers get creative! Our team is our greatest strength.


Barbara Stephen  - Managing Director & Executive Producer

Barbara Stephen - Managing Director & Executive Producer

Alexia Gates-Foale  - Head of Animation Production & Supervising Producer

Alexia Gates-Foale - Head of Animation Production & Supervising Producer

Alexs Stadermann  - Creative Director

Alexs Stadermann - Creative Director

Anders Thonell  - Studio VFX Supervisor

Anders Thonell - Studio VFX Supervisor

Katrina Lindsay  - HR & Recruitment

Katrina Lindsay - HR & Recruitment

Rebecca Tolliday  - Development Producer

Rebecca Tolliday - Development Producer

Michael Bourchier  - Executive Producer

Michael Bourchier - Executive Producer

Debbie Steer  - Senior Producer

Debbie Steer - Senior Producer

Serg Delfino  - Director

Serg Delfino - Director

Sarah Harper  - Director

Sarah Harper - Director

Thomas Barkel  - Lead Animation Supervisor

Thomas Barkel - Lead Animation Supervisor

Christian Barkel  - Animation Supervisor

Christian Barkel - Animation Supervisor

work and play it's the flying bark way

Christmas Parties With A Twist 

Work Life With A Little Balance


Paws For A Cause

Paws For A Cause


The Barkers have big hearts too!  “PAWS For a Cause”  is our fundraising arm which is made up of many volunteers. We support Beyond Blue, RSPCA, Wayside, Black Dog Institute, Amnesty International, International Women’s Development Agency and Cancer Council.






The Australian Export Awards (AEA) is a national program that recognises Australian businesses for their export achievements and contribution to Australia’s economic prosperity.

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