Robert D. Cardona is the creator and producer of Tugs. He also wrote the episode Warrior.
He has worked as a producer on Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends and co founded Clearwater Features with partner David Mitton, who is also the creator of the series and producer and director on Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends.
He has also worked on such British live shows such as The Flaxton Boys, The Four Feathers, Thriller, Fraud Squad, Crime of Passion and Emmerdale.
When Clearwater closed down, he later went to live in Canada and worked on a CBC Kids show also focusing on anthropomorphic tugboats called Theodore Tugboat. In the show he directed many episodes in the series (His first was Hank and the Mermaid).
His son, Tarquin Cardona, wrote scripts for Tugs.
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 David Mitton, lost to "Rupert and the Frog Song"
- 1987, shared with David Mitton, lost to "SuperTed"