Bart Yates

Executive Producer, Blinkink

Craft is the human touch that makes ideas tangible on an emotional level. Even the best ideas become boring without it.

Born and bred in Brisbane, Australia. I started out in the music industry, working for Warner Music across sales, PR and design. I also managed a metal band called Sakkuth on the side. I moved to London in 1999 and, after a mercifully brief stint as a data entry clerk, secured my first role in advertising as a runner at WCRS. I ran like the wind and quickly moved up to production assistant then agency producer. In 2002 I met James Studholme who offered me a producer role at Blink.

In 2005 I founded Blinkink, our dedicated animation division, and became a partner in Blink in 2010. Over the years I’ve helped develop Blink into the multi-faceted production company that we are today, with the inception of Blink Art in 2009 and Blink Industries, our long-form entertainment arm, in 2015.

Personal highlights along the way include last year’s BBC Christmas film The Supporting Act, this year’s embroidered BBC World Cup trailer, last year’s Great British Bake Off trailer for Channel 4, Harvey Nichols’ Grand Prix winning Shoplifters, John Lewis’ animated classic The Bear & The Hare, our cult web-series Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared and for the last  year we’ve been making all of the Gorillaz music videos with Jamie Hewlett.