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Who’s behind this World of Good?

Independently produced between London and Barcelona, TOPIA is the brainchild of `Lisa Goldapple, created in collaboration with a vibrant global ecosystem of storytellers and adventurers from Argentina to Zimbabwe


Lisa Goldapple

A wise-cracking detective somewhere in the multiverse, Barcelona-based Goldapple might not behave as good as gold, but thinks good is golden. The founder, creative director and editor-in-chief of TOPIA has been creating shows for MTV, BBC, Vice, TVNZ, National Geographic and more since the noughties. Then created social good platform Atlas of the Future. Best not to talk about the years voicing Playboy TV in Buenos Aires, while scripting obituary shows. Music legends started dying in episode order. Today her desk faces the trippy side of Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia, which might explain a few things. To understand how TOPIA came out of this rare brain, read Mind Blown: “Because, if life splinters and you hallucinate triangles, make a kaleidoscope.”


George Smart

George founded conscious brands creative agency Theobald Fox in 2006, and has over 20 years of experience working in media, music, travel, marketing – and now magazine publishing. George met Goldapple at MTV back in the day. He worked in events. She was in production, and bothered him for free Björk CDs daily. Their meetings were in Camden Town’s Hawley Arms before it burned down. In 2021, they reconnected to set imaginations on fire. The Yorkshire-born geography-lover is obsessed with Japan, Hull City, and Spurn Point: “You really understand the power of nature.”


Gabriella Lanni

Gabriella is an accomplished designer and art director who reignites the stagnant and pushes collaborators to challenge the status quo. She loves working on the truly compelling stories in TOPIA because it teaches her new things about the world, giving her knowledge she didn’t know she was missing. “I never knew that beavers could talk – for a start!”


Jack Ballard

This moustache twirler has a hugely diverse approach to all things visual. Whether it’s creating traditional typography or a cosmic donkey collage, Jack is happiest when he’s challenging aesthetic preconceptions, or watching anime. He thinks everyone should get out of their comfort zone: “Try something new. Who doesn’t love beautiful animation that takes you to worlds you could only dream of, accompanied by a kickass soundtrack? It’s better than most crap that’s on TV!” He’s not wrong.

rock star MANAGER

Georgie Baker

With over 20 years of experience in international music and culture, Georgie has been behind the promotional campaigns for some of the world’s best-known artists. She loves to find her peace in the ocean, discovering life she never knew existed: “You have to force yourself to stay calm and control your breathing.” A skill that is surely a prerequisite for working in marketing and living in a topsy turvy world.

TOPIA is small and indie – created with funding, love and support from Theobald Fox, part of George Smart’s Fantastic Tackle group

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