David Hodgson

David Hodgson - Producer


Founder of Pesky alongside Claire Underwood. David is the ideas guy with a rare skill for getting big dreams to come true! A former child psychologist, he has an MA in Education from the University of California, Berkeley. He first began devising new forms of animated entertainment after taking his third degree, in interactive design. David won a BAFTA for his role as series producer on The Amazing Adrenalini Brothers. He is an active member of BAFTA and has been a judge in the short animated film and best preschool animation categories. David (aka Hodge) was born and bred in Watford and follows The Hornets, his hometown football club, even to the ends of the earth (ie, Luton).

Claire Underwood

Claire Underwood - Director


Founder of Pesky alongside David Hodgson. Claire likes to make new friends – literally – she’s dreamed up countless characters! Since gaining a first class honours degree in animation, Claire has built up over 25 years of experience as a director. She has also designed for print, licensing and interactive media, as well as for television. Claire won a BAFTA for her role as series director on The Amazing Adrenalini Brothers. Keen to nurture new talent, she has been a mentor, lecturer and curriculum advisor on various courses. Originally from Sheffield, nothing makes Claire happier than walking up a big hill - now accompanied by her fluffball dog, Biscuit.

Sarah Bird

Sarah Bird - Head of Production


Sarah joined Pesky in 2013 as Assistant Producer on Boj. She has since become an invaluable team member thanks to her diverse range of skills. Sarah studied 3D animation at Bournemouth University before working at Blue Zoo as their first ever employee! Over the years Sarah's freelance work has included animation, photography and graphic design. She now coordinates much of what goes on at Pesky - and her cheery smile and calm nature keep the studio happy! Sarah will be taking time out over the summer to have her first baby.