running mantis entertainment

About Us

About Us

WE MAKE MISCHIEF.

Running Mantis Entertainment is a production company founded in Brisbane, Australia by producing team Liz Tomkins and Judd Tilyard. It specialises in children and family entertainment, developing a slate of quirky and progressive animated and feature content for international audiences.

 

Family Entertainment

Educational and action-packed for kids, whilst still intellectually rewarding for adults, our content is suitable for all ages.

International Audience

Coming from previous projects in Canada, USA, UK and Indonesia, our team has relationships all over the globe and produces content for international markets.

Animation Focus

Our current slate features a line-up of animated content from some of the world’s most popular animators (like ArtSpear Entertainment). 

Authentic and Progressive

Our content does not shy away from the big issues and has a desire for adequate representation both in front and behind the camera.  

Fun and Mischievous

Running Mantis pledges to always be fun, quirky and engaging – educating young audiences on rip-roaring adventures across time and space.

Established IP

Our founders have a long-standing relationship with the creators of K9 (the iconic robot dog from DOCTOR WHO) – and will have more to announce about upcoming projects in the near future.

DECADES OF INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

Our Team

LIZ TOMKINS

CHIEF OF MISCHIEF

Selected by SPA as one of the 2020 Ones to Watch, Liz Tomkins is producer and production accountant, born and raised in regional Australia, who recently returned from living in Canada for the last 8 years, where she worked for companies including and E-One, Seeds Accounting (Entertainment Specialists), Taqqut Productions (the film arm of the first Inuit-owned independent publishing company). She also serves as the Creative Liaison for the Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce (CACC).

JUDD TILYARD

MANAGER OF MISCHIEF

 

Judd Tilyard is a producer, executive producer and entrepreneur with businesses in Canada and Australia. His short form work includes dozens of acclaimed short films, including the viral sensation LITTLE WITCHES (1.8M views) along with music videos for Universal, Sony, Warner Music, Roadrunner, and Mushroom Records.

His first feature, OUTBACK REVENGE (2012), starring WWE Legend Raven led Judd to Toronto, Canada, where he co-founded Dimeworth Films and produced BATTLEGROUND (2012).  His feature credits since then include co-producer on FEED THE DEVIL (2015), Executive Producer on ASHES (2016), THE THREE DONTS (2017) and SILENT NIGHT (2020) and lead producer on TO OUR BRIGHT WHITE HEARTS (2016), and TWO HEADS CREEK (2019).

HARRY SWEBY

SUPERVISOR OF MISCHIEF

Harry Sweby is a Brisbane-based producer, writer, editor and entrepreneur. Currently working as a Development Executive at Dicentium Films, he works with independent producers and international creatives to pitch, package and promote dozens of films. He is also working with producer Judd Tilyard to develop a filmmaking service and studio based regional Queensland.  In the last four years, Harry has supported the local filmmaking community with his annual Light Up Film Festival and media company The Slop Shack. He has also produced dozens of documentaries, podcasts, short films and music videos for Queensland-based creators and is known for popular YouTube webseries Fin vs The Internet. Having recently completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at QUT and now collaborating with a variety of local production companies, Harry continues to develop genre-blending Australian TV shows that will bring local stories to international audiences.

Running Mantis logo and characters designed by Marco Galdamez.

 

RUNNING MANTIS

WE MAKE MISCHIEF.

about Us

Running Mantis Entertainment is a production company founded in Brisbane, Australia by producing team Liz Tomkins and Judd Tilyard. It specialises in children and family entertainment, developing a slate of quirky and progressive animated and feature content for international audiences.

PROJECTS

Public Domain 

Amputeens 

Dragon Force 

Info

[email protected]

+61 481 176 473

444 Upper Roma Street, Brisbane City QLD 4000 

Currently Running Mantis does not accept unsolicited scripts, treatments or ideas.