Baljeet RAI - Story Editor, Screenwriter & Producer

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WHO HE?
Baljeet Rai

Originally hailing from Vancouver where I hosted a comedy radio show, I made the jump to Europe back in 1996 to perform sketch comedy live on London stages. I've since spent the last couple decades as a producer, screenwriter, and now story editor, on many series for broadcasters worldwide including Disney, the BBC, Teletoon and France Télévision. I'm now based in Paris where I'm developing comedy series for kids and grown-ups, as well as writing on various network shows. When not writing I can be found wandering Paris brainstorming jokes and randomly laughing to myself. I can also be found by more traditional means:

WHAT DO?
Here are some of the shows I've worked on over the past 17 years...

BOY GIRL DOG CAT MOUSE CHEESE - SCREENWRITER

Featuring the world's most diverse family learning to live together under one roof.

52x11m series - for BBC & Gulli - IN DEVELOPMENT

I, ELVIS RIBOLDI - SCREENWRITER

Featuring a quirky, small-town kid faced with all sorts of adventures from time travel to epic death-matches, and occasional karaoke battles. Nonsensical with a touch of social satire.

52x11m series - for Cartoon Network & Canal+ - IN DEVELOPMENT

 

Furry Wheels

FURRY WHEELS - STORY EDITOR & SCREENWRITER

Featuring André, a hyperactive young sloth with oodles of drive, determined to be the first of his kind to explore the world on four, rubber-burning wheels. But first, he's got to get through driving school, while navigating his hard-nosed teacher, his uber-slow sloth family, and hordes of hungry carnivores roaming the roads beyond his town.

52x11m series - for Disney XD & France Télévision - IN PRODUCTION

Atomic Puppet

ATOMIC PUPPET - STORY EDITOR & SCREENWRITER

Featuring a superhero transformed into a sock puppet, who can only regain his powers when stuck on his biggest fanboy's hand. Together they become Mega City's latest super-duo.

52x11m series - for Disney XD, France Télévision, & Teletoon

Mutafukaz

MUTAFUKAZ - ENGLISH SCRIPT ADAPTATION

Adapting & punching up the English dialogue for this hyperkinetic, dystopian sci-fi based on Guilaume Renard's "Run" comics - featuring a pair of deadbeats with hearts, Lino and Vince, on the run from government forces and shapeshifting aliens in Dark Meat City.

Feature Film - produced by Ankama Animations & Studio 4°C

Abraca

ABRACA - BIBLE AND PILOT SCRIPTS PUNCH-UP

Polishing & punching up the bible and pilot scripts for this magical comedy featuring Firmin, a 12-year old boy whose world turns upside-down when he's forced to team up with Abraca, a teenage fairy tale cop sent on a mission to chase creatures who have snuck into the real world.

26x26m series - France Télévision - IN PRODUCTION

Calimero

CALIMERO - SCRIPT ADAPTATIONS

Adapting the English scripts and punching up dialogue for this re-imagination of the hugely popular Italian pre-school series from the 70's and 90's.

104x11m series - 3D - Gaumont Animation for Disney Jr, TF1, RAI

Celestial Rooster

"NE NUSA (TWO SISTERS)" & "THE CELESTIAL ROOSTER" - AUTHOR

I adapted 13 short folk tales into English from the vanishing Limbu language of rural Nepal. These tales are part of both Nepali and Limbu cultural heritage - taking children into a world inhabited by talking animals such as jackals, elephant and leopards - stories once told by a grandmother to her grandchildren.

2 books of short stories for children.

Lanfeust Quest

LANFEUST QUEST - SCRIPTWRITER

Polishing scripts and punching-up dialogue for this comedy-adventure based on Christophe Arleston's long-running french comic book series, "Lanfeust of Troy."

26x22m series - 3D - Disney XD, M6 France, ABC Australia

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WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA - PRODUCER

Based on the acclaimed children's books by Oscar Brenifier and Jacques Després, this series follows little Hugo as he asks life's big questions, from 'what is a friend?' to 'what is infinity?' in an accessible way designed to teach critical thinking skills to preschoolers.

52x5m series - 3D - Planet Nemo for BBC, France Television, Paka Paka

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GROOVE HIGH - PRODUCER

High-School hi-jinks and a lot of heart, featuring a group of talented kids attending an elite school for the performing arts. Combines live-action & animation, for 7-12 year olds. Starring Samantha Barks & Jonathan Bailey.

26x22m series - 2D Flash & Live Action - Planet Nemo for Disney Channel

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TOOTH & CLAW - CREATOR, WRITER & DIRECTOR

Weston Biggerstaff is a nature-show narrator who combines animals, alcohol and self-loathing for a truly wild wildlife series. A satirical series aimed at adults, featuring nature footage and top-notch comedy voices.

20x5m series - Live Action - Web series : www.redintoothandclaw.com

Mickey Mouse

THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY - SENIOR MANAGER OF PRODUCTION

Overseeing development and production for the entire Disney Channel slate of original animated series in Europe. Based in London, I was the key production point man between Disney US, Europe and external studios around the world.

2007 - 2010

Zorro

ZORRO GENERATION Z - PRODUCTION MANAGER

Reboot of the classic Zorro.

26x22m series - 2D Traditional - BKN

Legend of the Dragon

LEGEND OF THE DRAGON - PRODUCTION MANAGER

Highly-rated action series featuring martial arts and superheroes who take their powers from the signs of the Chinese zodiac.

39x22m series - 2D Traditional - BKN for BBC, Jetix

King Kong

KONG: RETURN TO THE JUNGLE - PRODUCTION MANAGER

Feature Film - 3D with celshading - BKN, DVD Release

King Kong

KONG: KING OF ATLANTIS - PRODUCTION MANAGER

Feature Film - 2D Traditional - BKN for Disney Jetix and Warner Brothers

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THUNDERBIRDS I.R. - ASSISTANT PRODUCER

Pilot for a reboot of the classic puppet series.

5m Trailer - Puppets, models and C.G. - Carlton Television / ITV

Ministry of Mayhem, Holly Willoughby and Steven

MINISTRY OF MAYHEM - PRODUCTION MANAGER

Pilot for a live kids show, starring Holly Willoughby & Stephen Mulhern, which won the coveted Saturday morning slot.

15m PILOT - LIVE ACTION - ITV

Bounty Hamster

BOUNTY HAMSTER - PRODUCTION COORDINATOR

BAFTA nominated space comedy featuring a wise-cracking bounty hunter, who's also a hamster. Won Best Animated Series at the Bradford Animation Festival 2003.

26x11m series - 2D Traditional - Peafur Productions for ITV

Mr Hell

AAARGH! IT'S THE MR HELL SHOW - MARKETING ASSISTANT

Anarchic 3D comedy sketch series featuring the voice of the late and legendary Bob Monkhouse as Mr Hell. Won best comedy series at Houston World Fest, and picked up a Gemini and a Leo award for best animated series.

13x26m series - 3D - Peafur Productions for BBC

One Small Hop

ONE SMALL HOP - DIRECTOR AND WRITER

My first animated film : a lo-fi sci-fi take on the Apollo Moon Landing featuring a cast of thousands...of wind-up toys. Screened at several international festivals including Berlin, Munich, Seoul, Oslo & Clermont-Ferrand. Now travelling with the British Film Council.

Short Film - Stop Motion - Channel 4, British Film Council