Pioneer Productions


Former Pioneer exec sets up production consultancy

Former Pioneer Productions MD Kirstie McLure has set up a new consultancy business connecting productions with internationally skilled production staff.  Co-founded by McLure and Nikki Tilley, the business is a collective of chief operating officers and heads of production who are available on a consultancy basis. It comes as a response to a “service gap” […]

Pioneer Productions names Peter Collins as head of factual

Pioneer Productions has unveiled Peter Collins as its head of factual. In this newly created role, Collins will develop, pitch and executive produce across Pioneer’s slate of productions, with the primary focus on UK productions and broadcasters. However he will work closely with creative director Thomas Viner, who will focus on Pioneer’s US and international […]

Ex-NBCU unscripted chief resurfaces at Tinopolis

NBCUniversal International Studios’ former unscripted chief, David Mortimer, has joined transatlantic production group Tinopolis. Mortimer has become Tinopolis’ first director of content, overseeing content direction and performance across the Wales-headquartered production and distribution group. Placing a particular focus on popular factual and factual entertainment, Mortimer will also be tasked with group growth by identifying and […]

Pioneer drafts in Arrow exec as creative chief

British producer Pioneer Productions has poached Arrow Media executive producer Thomas Viner for a senior creative role. Viner will become the Tinopolis-owned factual prodco’s creative director, reporting to CEO Jonathan Hewes, the former Wall to Wall international boss who took over last year as Pioneer founder who stepped down as chairman. He will work closely […]

Discovery follows David Baddiel on the Silk Road

Discovery Channel UK & Ireland has ordered David Baddiel on the Silk Road, a travelogue series featuring the titular comedian as he travels the ancient trade route. Tinopolis-owned Pioneer Productions is producing the four-parter, which will go out in the UK and Ireland later this year. This doc series was commissioned by Discovery’s Elizabeth McIntyre, […]

Tinopolis poaches Wall to Wall boss

Wales-based Tinopolis Group has poached Wall to Wall veteran Jonathan Hewes to become CEO of its subsidiaries Mentorn Media and Pioneer Productions. Hewes (pictured) was most recently head of international at Warner Bros. International Television Production-owned Wall to Wall, having worked at the Who Do You Think You Are produce for two decades. He has […]

Pioneer launches Korean JV

Tinopolis Group-owned Pioneer Productions has moved into the South Korean market by launching a joint venture with a local production company. London-based Pioneer and Seoul’s PAAN Media have come together to form Buzz Media, which will create programming for the UK, South Korean and international markets. Programming will include 4K natural history and science science, […]

ID awaits Mail Order Murder delivery

Discovery Communications-owned Investigation Discovery has commissioned Mail Order Murder. Pioneer Productions will produce the 6x30mins series, which will tell stories of mail order marriages that ended in killings. These include a Russian mother that was stabbed 11 times in her laundry room and a sham marriage in which one party wanted an actual union. ID’s […]

Pioneer’s Dear exits for Ideas start-up

Jeremy Dear, who was UK indie Pioneer Productions’ senior VP and head of factual, has launched his own production company. The Ideas Room will target the UK and US markets through content from across the factual spectrum. It will work as both an “end-to-end producer of shows and a development specialist”, and also become a […]

Ob docs: obsolete or of the moment?

Rumblings that the ob doc trend is stifling creativity on both sides of the Atlantic have divided the factual programming industry. Is the genre coming to the end of its cycle, or is it simply evolving, asks Jesse Whittock The commissions of History’s Pawn Stars and American Pickers in 2009 and 2010 respectively ushered in […]