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TBI Special Report Part One: Adapting production during lock down and beyond

Screen production has been among the hardest hit sectors from the Covid-19 pandemic, with freelance workers in particular suffering badly. Mark Layton explores how some businesses have adapted and evaluates lockdown’s lingering effect It is hard to understate the impact that Covid-19 has had on communities around the world. First and foremost, of course, is […]

Fremantle takes global rights to Icon’s Okavango doc

UK indie Icon Films’ documentary Okavango – A Flood Of Life has been picked up for global distribution by Fremantle. Commissioned by Japanese broadcaster NHK last year, the natural history film follows veteran filmmaker Brad Bestelink (Savage Kingdom) as he explores the Okavango Delta in Africa through the eyes of the region’s indigenous people. Originally […]

TBI Factual: Why streamers might affect the climate change message

As Covid-19 continues to impact on producers globally, Stephen McQuillan, creative director at UK-based Icon Films, reflects on how another immense global challenge – climate change – is being tackled on the small screen and why new streamers might usher in a new way of getting the message across to viewers. Amid the New Orleans […]

Jeremy Wade returns to Animal Planet for ‘Dark Waters’

Beloved biologist and River Monsters star Jeremy Wade returns to Animal Planet after two years for new investigative series Jeremy Wade’s Dark Waters. For the new title Wade will spotlight the bizarre and the mysterious as he investigates unsolved underwater mysteries. The show will have an original four-episode digital mid-form series on Animal Planet GO, Dark Waters: How to […]

Japan’s NHK orders feature doc from Icon Films

UK prodco Icon Films and Botswana’s Natural History Film Unit are set to deliver a feature length doc exploring the Okavango Delta for broadcast on Japan’s NHK. Using the latest filming technology veteran natural history filmmaker Brad Bestelink, and his team at Natural History Film Unit, will film over a full seasonal cycle on the Delta, revealing the story […]

Icon Films readies Malawi Wildlife Rescue for Love Nature

Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian’s Love Nature platform has commissioned Icon Films for a six-part series out of Malawi. Love Nature 4K has ordered Malawi Wildlife Rescue, which will air on the brand’s 4K linear and streaming platforms internationally and via Smithsonian Channel in the US. Shot in 4K, the 6 x 60-minute series will […]

Icon Films to make Judy Garland film For Sky Arts

UK indie producer Icon Films has been commissioned by Sky Arts to produce a 60-minute documentary exploring the life of Hollywood movie idol Judy Garland, to be hosted by singer Marc Almond. Entitled Sky Arts Passions – Judy Garland by Marc Almond, the film will see Almond embark on a journey to piece together the poignant […]

River Monsters gets YouTube channel

The producers of the popular Animal Planet series River Monsters are launching a dedicated YouTube channel to accompany the linear show. The extreme fishing show is made by UK indie Icon Films, which has teamed with All3Media-backed YouTube specialist Little Dot Studios for the online channel. It will be housed within Little Dot Studios’ network […]

Icon Films staffs up, hires Jonathan Jackson

UK indie Icon Films has hired former DRG boss Jonathan Jackson (left) as its new financial director. The hire is one of three made by the Bristol-based factual company with Stephen McQuillan joining as executive producer and Tom Cooper post production supervisor. Jackson was at UK-based distributor DRG for six years, latterly as CEO, ahead […]

Nat Geo orders tribe survival series

National Geographic has ordered Survive the Tribe, a six part series for its US and international channels that will be produced by UK indie Icon Films. The show will follow survival instructor Hazel Audel as he travels to inhospitable places to showcase ancient survival skills. Destinations include the Kalahari Desert, where Hazen joins an elite […]