Our Story


Our Story

our story

Flying Bark Productions is an independent producer with an impressive legacy of creating iconic entertainment since 1968. We are a full-service production facility across feature films, television and a diverse range of digital content both short-form and longer-form. Specialising in creating for both our own IP and high-end service projects.

Taking great ideas, incredible stories and compelling characters from concept through to red-carpet premiere is our passion. With some of Australia’s most experienced development and production teams, we bring both dynamic creativity and reliability to every production.

With 40 years of experience in creating original concepts and classic properties, Flying Bark continues to succeed by evolving with the new media landscape and emerging opportunities in the global market.


2018 has seen the much-anticipated international release of award-winning feature film Maya The Bee, The Honey Games. We are also the very proud independent Producer of the incredible new feature film and TV series 100% Wolf, which are the next CG projects currently in production. Our 2D team are doing jaw-dropping work with Nickelodeon on the new series of the iconic Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja
. With more projects in pre-production and development, Flying
Bark is a buzz with activity and opportunity.

Flying Bark AND STudio 100


Flying Bark is part of the well renowned, Belgian owned Studio 100 media group, which is the largest independent family entertainment company in Europe. As a global group, the company enjoys great success in exploiting 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, 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. 


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

Michael Bourchier  - Executive Producer

Michael Bourchier - Executive Producer

Alexs Stadermann  - Creative Director

Alexs Stadermann - Creative Director

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

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

Rebecca Tolliday  - Development Producer

Rebecca Tolliday - Development Producer

Anders Thonell  - Studio VFX Supervisor

Anders Thonell - Studio VFX Supervisor

Serg Delfino  - Director

Serg Delfino - Director

Debbie Steer  - Senior Producer

Debbie Steer - Senior Producer

Katrina Lindsay  - HR & Recruitment

Katrina Lindsay - HR & Recruitment

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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