About us

Haruworks is a creative studio based in Helsinki, Finland. Our mission is to create content that is worth your child’s precious time and attention.

In an entertainment world full of deafening noise, kids and parents long for non-condescending, safe and witty stories. With our roots deep in the Scandinavian storytelling of Astrid Lindgren and Tove Jansson we want to create worlds and characters that families love and pass on to the next generation.

 

Our team

 

Nick Dorra, producer & CEO

Nick is a seasoned animation and digital content executive with 20 years of experience in animation, interactive storytelling and related fields. Previously at Rovio, he was tasked with integrating and growing the newly acquired animation team from ten to 100+ artists, overseeing all aspects of production and taking a seat in Rovio’s operation management team. Later he headed content strategy for the company’s ToonsTV AVOD service, sourcing content and handling acquisitions and roll-out strategy.

After a stint at the New York based video start-up incubator Thirty Labs (created by digital media visionary Fred Seibert), Nick turned his attention back to animation production and started the Haruworks studio in 2018.

 

Maija Arponen, Head of Development

Maija’s dual degrees in Psychology and Comparative Literature make her the ideal fit for heading up Haruworks’ development efforts. With strong backgrounds in kids’ developmental psychology and fine arts as well, she makes sure our projects are both exciting as well as nourishing for the minds of our main audience.