Barcroft Media

Blue chip to new chip: natural history with bite

Stewart Clarke speaks to commissioners, producers, distributors and digital pioneers about their efforts to reimagine the natural history genre. Alastair Fothergill is the embodiment of blue-chip, making landmark series for the BBC and films for Disney Nature, but he is now seeking to reinvent the genre, out of necessity as much as anything. “When I […]

‘Digital natives should replace ‘Millennials’

The CEO of British factual prodco Barcroft Media has warned delegates here in Cannes focusing on the term ‘Millennial’ is “totally useless”, as the phrase is effectively a “panic button” with no unified meaning for producers. Sam Barcroft said on a panel session at MIPDoc yesterday producers and broadcasters were better off using the phrase ‘digital natives’ […]

Barcroft TV hits million mark

YouTube channel Barcroft TV, owned by production outfit Barcroft Media, has passed the one-million subscriber milestone. The channel has recorded 155% growth in subscribers since April 1 last year, adding 571,638 subscribers over the last year. YouTube viewers watched a total of 917,265,329 minutes of content on the net, which Sam Barcroft (pictured) created. The […]

Bear Grylls, Barcroft launch on YouTube net

Adventurer Bear Grylls is partnering with UK production group Barcroft Media to create a adrenaline-fuelled YouTube channel. Bear Grylls Adventure launches on November 28 as a joint venture of Bear Grylls Ventures and Barcroft, and will feature adventure-themed content from around the world. Powered by Barcroft’s YouTube channel Barcroft TV, the channel will include bespoke […]

Barcroft Media launches online cars channel

Barcroft Media is launching Barcroft Cars, a new automobile-focused online channel, TBI has learned. Barcroft, which produces and distributes content and runs a suite of successful online channels, will programme the new service with car-themed long and short-form content, including restoration projects, entertaining car enthusiasts and other vehicle-based factual programming. The line-up will include original […]

AOL signs 14 premium content partners

AOL has signed 14 new content partners to its premium AOL On platform. Sky News, British Pathe and former Channel 5 owner Northern & Shell are among the content companies that will make their video content available through AOL. Sky will make its news content available to consumers in North America via the platform and […]

Ex-ITV producer joins Barcroft in long-form push

Former ITV producer Adam Mudditt has joined UK-based digital channels operator Barcroft Media, which is restructuring ahead of a push into online long-form programming. Mudditt has been named as head of video production with a remit to manage channels arm Barcroft TV’s production team to allow the producer-distributor to increase output across multiple video channels. […]

YouTube net Barcroft, Rightster to ‘supercharge’ partnership

Barcroft TV, the high-performing UK-based YouTube channel, has signed an extended strategic partnership with multichannel network Rightster. Barcroft, which is owned by London-based factual and lifestyle indie producer Barcroft Media, has been part of the Rightster MCN since April last year, at which point it had 45,000 net subscribers. The channel is now the MCN’s […]

Barcroft strikes deal with Japan’s GyaO!

Producer and digital channels and footage provider Barcroft Media is branching out into Japan after agreeing a deal with GyaO!, the largest free streaming site in the country. GyaO!, which is a subsidiary of Yahoo, now carries a Barcroft channel with a revenue share in place for the associated advertising revenues. Barcroft works with Japanese […]