True to Nature

TBI Weekly: How and why private equity is getting into TV

It’s been a busy few months for M&A execs around the world. From Banijay’s acquisition of Endemol Shine Group to Hasbro buying Entertainment One and the numerous deals in between, one thing is clear: the market for production companies is hot. And while those billion dollar deals might seem some way from the day-to-day regime […]

Sky Studios makes first prodco investment

Sky Studios has taken a minority stake in Wendy Darke’s natural history prodco True to Nature (TTN) in its first production investment. The in-house production arm of the Comcast-owned pay-TV operator – a key driver for growth, as recently detailed by TBI – has taken a 24.9% stake in the Expedition With Steve Backshall producer. […]

UKTV, BBC and FMI partner on Backshall adventure series

UKTV has teamed up with the BBC and FremantleMedia International on a primetime adventure series that promises a series of world firsts. These include: the first descent of a white-water river in the Himalayas; trekking through unexplored jungle in South America; and climbing mountains in the deserts of the Middle East. The series, Expedition with […]

Former BBC Natural History exec forms prodco

Former BBC Natural History Unit boss Wendy Darke has launched True to Nature, a new factual indie. Like the NHU, True to Nature will be based in Bristol and create natural history programming. Helena Berglund joins the new company as head of production. Her credits include the BBC Natural World strand and the CBBC Deadly […]