David Mitton (David Nelson Godfrey Mitton) (born in Edinburgh, Scotland, 13 July 1938 - died London, England, 28th May 2008) was the creator of the TUGS series.
In 1984, Mitton began his work as director, writer and producer on Thomas & Friends alongside Britt Allcroft.
David wrote six episodes of the series and directed nine of them.
In 1990, when TUGS was cancelled and Clearwater Features closed down, he joined the Britt Allcroft Company to continue directing Thomas The Tank Engine and Friends until his retirement in 2003.
In 2007, he and producer David Lane launched a company of their own called Pineapple Squared Entertainment Ltd, and were working on a new show called Adventures on Orsum Island, which was a hybrid series using live-action sets mixed with CGI elements.
David Mitton died of a heart attack on 28th May 2008, at the age of 69. Many Thomas and TUGS fans were greatly saddened by this news. Upon the news, production on Adventures on Orsum Island ceased and the show was later cancelled. Only a handful of clips, including a rough cut of the first episode, still exists.
Awards and nominations
- Nominated - British Academy of Film and Television Arts - Best Animated Film for "Thomas The Tank Engine and Friends"
- 1985, shared with Britt Allcroft and Robert D. Cardona
- 1987, shared with Robert D. Cardona