WildBear Entertainment

Oz’s Wildbear Entertainment opens NZ office; appoints NHNZ’s Craig Meade to lead

Australian factual prodco Wildbear Entertainment has expanded its operation by launching a New Zealand office, headed up by Criag Meade as general manager. Dunedin-based Wildbear Aotearoa is the company’s first office outside of Australia, with executive producer, director and writer Meade joining the new outfit from NHNZ, where he served as head of production with […]

Wildbear Entertainment hires BBC & Nat Geo alum Dr Chadden Hunter

Australian factual firm WildBear Entertainment has hired former BBC and Nat Geo director Dr Chadden Hunter as an executive producer. Hunter previously worked for the BBC’s Natural History Unit and was most recently a producer, director and writer on its blue chip series Seven Worlds, One Planet and Planet Earth 2. He has also been […]

BBC Scotland orders ‘fish-out-of-water’ Oz vet series

BBC Scotland has commissioned a new obs-doc series from Australian factual prodco WildBear Entertainment, following a pair of Scottish vets working to help animals in Oz. The 12 x 30-minute series Scottish Vets Down Under centres on Dr Chris Allison and Dr Mike Whiteford, who have travelled to the bushlands of Bendigo in the Australian […]

Dealing with Covid-19: The art of archive programming

The latest addition to TBI’s ongoing coverage of Covid-19’s impact on the content business is from Alan Erson, MD and executive producer at Australia’s WildBear Entertainment, who explores the huge potential and opportunities emerging around archive programming in the current environment. As TV production shuts down across the globe amid the Covid-19 crisis and viewers […]

N-TV acquires science and engineering shows from WildBear

German broadcaster N-TV has struck a three-show pre-sale deal with Australian factual producer WildBear Entertainment. How to Build a City (8 x 60 minutes) explores the engineering ingenuity behind major cities including Tokyo, Berlin or Sydney, while How Factories Changed the World (5 x 60 minutes) examines how mass production has radically changed our lives […]

DCD Rights launches four MIPCOM titles under Producer Support Initiative

DCD Rights has helped to finance a slate of four factual projects heading to MIPCOM through its Producer Support Initiative. The UK-headquartered distributor has secured production funding for 45 hours of new series through the initiative, which offers prodcos commercial and market-sensitive editorial guidance to finance projects. The latest batch of projects adds to the […]

France 5, Discovery strike WildBear deals

France 5 and Discovery India are among broadcasters to have struck coproduction and pre-sale deals for programming from Australian producer WildBear Entertainment. The deals, struck through development and production consultancy Wild Thring Media, include France 5 pre-buying Tribal Life: Papua New Guinea (4 x 60 minutes), which explores diverse tribal cultures that have flourished in […]

Distribution round-up: DRG acquires WildBear slate; Dynamic hails ‘Vagrant Queen’

Distributor DRG has acquired a slate of historical titles from Australia’s WildBear Entertainment. The deal, which covers 16 hours, was negotiated by Wild Thring Media, who also secured the lead broadcaster for each title. Included in the slate is A Royal Tour of the 20th Century (4 x 60 minutes), which was commissioned by AB Droits […]

MTG pre-buys factual package from WildBear

The Modern Times Group has prebought a four-series package of factual fare from WildBear Entertainment. Australian factual producer and distributor WildBear has sold the 33-hour package to MTG for its Viasat History and Viasat Nature channels across Scandinavia, Russia and the CEE and CIS regions. The series covered in the deal span wildlife and natural […]

New CEO for Nine as Gyngell exits

David Gyngell’s run as CEO of Australian commercial broadcaster Nine Entertainment Co. is coming to an end. Hugh Marks (left) is to replace Gyngell (below right) on November 10, with the latter remaining on the board as a non-executive director. A CEO switch has long been expected, with industry veteran Marks first tipped for the […]