Alexs Stadermann will direct the upcoming film at Flying Bark Productions.

Disney veteran to direct Maya the Bee movie

An animator who has over 15 years’ experience working on Disney cartoons will direct Maya the Bee.

Flying Bark Productions MD Jim Ballantine announced that Alexs Stadermann has been confirmed as director, while Barbara Stephen will be the movie’s producer and Alexia Gates-Foale will be line producer on the 3D stereoscopic production.

The trio previously worked together on TV series The Woodlies and The Woodlies Movie special feature length episode, both of which were produced with the assistance of Flying Bark Productions.

“Their collaboration on The Woodlies is testament to their creativity," said Ballantine. "In addition to their powerhouse dynamic, they will bring their own individual career experience and passion to Maya the Bee ensuring this movie will be a local and global success."

Stadermann has worked for many of the major international studios including Walt Disney Studios, where he was the Unit Director of Bambi II and Tarzan II and Supervising Animator on Lion King 1 1⁄2. 

He was also part of the Director’s Unit on Zack Snyder’s Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.

Barbara Stephen has worked as a producer for the last 10 years with a career spanning corporate, advertising and long-form productions. She first joined the children’s TV industry in 2007 working as the producer on the hit series, Erky Perky and line produced the pre-school show, MagicalTales.

Alexia Gates-Foale commenced her career in animation in 2007. She was the Production Supervisor on The Adventures of Figaro Pho and Production Manager on several Flying Bark Productions projects including The Woodlies.

Production of the Maya the Bee film was announced late last year. It will follow the lovable character’s desire to escape her regimented existence in the hive and experience freedom to explore at her own will.

Maya the Bee is the first ever animated feature to be produced as an official treaty co-production between Australia and Germany.

The original Maya the Bee television series was first produced in the 1970s. Today a 3D HD TV series is seen on many European channels as well as ABC in Australia.

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