All About Kiva

Kiva Can Do!

I cardboard box + oodles of imagination = 1 awesome adventure

Kiva is a five-year-old girl who knows how to make her own fun and whose imagination knows no bounds.  Along with her best friend, Saul Dunne and her dog Angus (whom Kiva built out of shoe boxes and paper towel rolls), Kiva can create absolutely anything and go absolutely anywhere. When Kiva uses her imagination the ordinary turns into the extraordinary.

KIVA CAN DO! is a 52 x 11 show for pre-schoolers whose heroes need only a cardboard box, some bits and bobs, and whole lot of imagination to have a grand adventure.


Kiva Kain

There is truly nothing that Kiva Kain can’t do or make – all she needs is some cardboard and her imagination! Along with her best friend, Saul and her dog, Angus, Kiva can create absolutely anything.

Saul Dunne

Saul is Kiva’s best friend. While Nanni looks after Kiva until her parents finish work, Saul, who lived next door, often stops by to join in her adventures. He gets great satisfaction out of a job well done (s’all done!’)


Angus might look like a cardboard pug on paper towel roll legs, but in the world of Kiva’s imagination, he is a fearless hound, ready to defend his owner, sniff out clues or just play fetch if that’s what Kiva fancies.
Nanni Praveena

Nanni Praveena

Nanni is one of nature’s born innovators and can turn her hand to almost anything. When Nanni was young, everybody repaired things. Now some of her natural innovation skills have rubbed off on Kiva.

The Kiva Team


Gary Timpson

Managing Director

Gary Timpson joined Kavaleer Productions in 2003 and since then has acted as an Executive Producer/Producer on a number of high profile projects, including Lifeboat Luke, Garth & Bev, Abadas, Boj and Wildernuts. Gary has a diploma in classical animation and is currently working on a number of slate projects, including Kiva Can Do!

  • Email Gary Timpson
  • Tel: +353 1 661 8585

Andrew Kavanagh

CEO / Founder

Andrew began his career in 1998 with the short film From An Evil Cradling. Since founding Kavaleer in 2001 he has directed another five award-winning shorts, the latest of which City of Roses will debut in 2015. He is the creator and executive producer of Garth & Bev and Wildernuts and heads up the company’s development slate.

  • Email Andrew Kavanagh
  • Tel: +353 1 661 8585
damini kumar

Damini Kumar

Multi award winning designer Damini Kumar is the European Ambassador for Creativity & Innovation and is one of the bright lights in design, innovation and creativity. Damini has received huge worldwide media recognition which she has used productively and has devoted her professional career so far to industry and academia in order to teach, promote and inspire creativity, design, entrepreneurship and innovation in others.

    mark palmer

    Mark Palmer

    Mark Palmer has worked in kids' TV since the early '90s in both live-action and animation. Mark has produced original pilots at Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Disney Channel as well as writing and editing on Kim Possible, Penguins of Madagascar and most recently The New Adventures of Lassie for Classic Media.


      Karen Leavitt

      Karen Leavitt, Ed.M. has served as an in-house child development specialist at Nickelodeon (Blue’s Clues), Disney Channel (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse), and at two major PBS stations. She has worked as a multimedia consultant for Sesame Workshop, Scholastic, The Geena Davis Institute for Gender and Media, National Geographic Kids, and PBS Kids.