Nutopia hires Lion TV & Raw alum Tom Watt-Smith to drive docuseries & formats

Nutopia has appointed former Lion TV exec Tom Watt-Smith to a newly created position working across its docuseries and returning formats slate. Watt-Smith becomes creative director of formats & special projects at Nutopia and will be based in London, reporting into chief creative officer, Simon Willgoss, and CEO, Jane Root. Prior to joining Nutopia, Watt-Smith […]

Entertainment One crowned sales partner for Nutopia’s ‘Royal Mob’

Entertainment One (eOne) has acquired the global distribution rights (excluding the UK, Germany and Italy) to UK drama-documentary, Royal Mob. Produced by Nutopia, the four-part series, which debuted on Sky History in the UK last year, delves into the family saga of the 19th-Century European Royal courts. Told through the eyes of Queen Victoria’s granddaughters […]

‘Welcome To Earth’ prodco Nutopia appoints first chief creative officer

Jane Root’s UK & US-based factual outfit Nutopia has promoted Simon Willgoss to become its first chief creative officer. In this newly created position, Willgoss will be responsible for leading Nutopia’s creative operation alongside CEO & founder Root, driving strategy and working across both development and production. Willgoss has been at Nutopia for more than […]

Sky orders across true crime, sport & nature in factual boost

European pay-TV giant Sky has boosted its factual offering with six new commissions across its channels, Sky Documentaries, Sky History, Sky Crime and Sky Nature. All six new titles will also be available on streaming service NOW, with three heading to Sky Documentaries, including The Assassination Of Olof Palme, a ‘thriller-esque” four-parter set in Cold […]

All3’s Aurora Media hires Nutopia producer as creative director

All3Media-owned UK producer Aurora Media Worldwide has appointed a series producer from Jane Root’s Nutopia to oversee its creative. Greg Vince takes the newly-created post of creative director of originals at Aurora, with a remit to increase the company’s factual entertainment output. He will also focus on creating original content for broadcasters, OTT and streaming […]

Nutopia hires Nat Geo alum Geoff Daniels for unscripted entertainment

Welcome To Earth producer Nutopia has hired former Nat Geo EVP Geoff Daniels to a new role overseeing the company’s unscripted entertainment output. Daniels becomes EVP of unscripted entertainment at the Jane Root-founded company and will work across all series in production, manage program marketing and help to liaise with Nutopia’s production partners and talent. […]

Netflix preps African queen docudrama from Westbrook & Nutopia

Netflix has handed a two-season order to Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith’s Westbrook Studios and Nutopia for a new docudrama series about African queens. Pinkett Smith is set to executive produce the as-yet-untitled series, which is being written by Peres Owino (Bound: Africans vs African-Americans) and NneNne Iwuji (Yellow). The show will follow a […]

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