Wendy Darke

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. […]

TBI Interview: Mark Linsey’s Studios system

The BBC’s production arm has become a commercial subsidiary, changing its business model for the first time in more than half a century. Founding BBC Studios director Mark Linsey tells Jesse Whittock how the UK creative giant will evolve. “We have a reputation as the best programme makers in the world, and that’s really important […]

Veteran producer to run BBC Natural History

The BBC has appointed veteran producer Julian Hector as head of its respected Natural History Unit. The NHU is part of BBC Studios, the UK pubcaster’s overarching production division, and Hector assumes the role vacated by Wendy Darke earlier this year amid a raft of management changes. Darke has since set up her own prodco, […]

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 […]

BBC names Studios management

UK pubcaster the BBC has set out its senior management plans at its soon-to-launch production arm BBC Studios. Peter Salmon will run the division, which has proved controversial and been opposed by commercial rival ITV and producers group Pact. Mark Freeland will oversee drama and comedy. Factual will sit under Natalie Humphreys with natural history […]