Vice Media appoints Nutopia’s Franses, preps UK online channels

Vice, the publishing-to-TV media company, has hired Laura Franses to run its UK operation. Franses was the cofounder, along with Jane Root, of Nutopia, leaving the factual producer last September. She has also worked at Zodiak Media, Fox and Film Four in the UK. At Vice, Franses will take the managing director role as the […]

C4, PBS order Nutopia terrorist drama doc

Channel 4 and PBS have co-commissioned Terror in the Desert, a one-hour documentary about the terror attack on the In Amena gas facility earlier this year. The UK and US public broadcasters have ordered the doc from Jane Root’s production firm Nutopia, which has brought on Bruce Goodison (Bin Laden: Shoot to Kill) to direct. […]

ABC Oz ‘will turbo charge natural history and can rival the BBC’

Phil Craig, the head of documentaries at Australian public broadcaster the ABC, says that a new international outlook and partnership with its US counterpart PBS means it will be able to rival the BBC in terms of international influence in the natural history sphere. Craig was speaking at the Sunny Side of the Doc event […]

Staff changes at Bake Off producer Love

Love Productions, the UK indie behind hit format The Great British Bake Off, has promoted several staff and hired a new executive from Jane Root’s Nutopia. Kieran Smith is upped to creative director, factual programming, at the producer and will work with joint chief executives Richard McKerrow and Anna Beattie on new content for UK […]

Australia’s ABC hires Nutopia’s Phil Craig as head of factual

Australian public broadcaster ABC has poached former Nutopia exec Phil Craig to become head of factual. Craig, who was executive producer at the British production company, run by former Discovery and BBC exec Jane Root, will join the broadcaster at the end of October. He previously worked on documentaries including Nazi Gospels and Rogue Sharks. […]