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MEET THE TEAM


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MEET THE TEAM


Dr. Wendy Darke - Founder, CEO, Executive Producer of True to Nature Ltd & former Head of BBC Natural History Unit

 Following on from her 25 year career at the BBC Natural History Unit, where she was responsible for overseeing 1,000 + programmes, Wendy founded True To Nature, a Bristol based Independent Production Company specialising in innovative, world class natural history and premium specialist factual content, using great story telling and never seen before content to connect people of all ages and backgrounds to the natural world.

 Since launching the company in 2016, Wendy has secured 5 commissions delivering content for partners worldwide, including BBC, UKTV Dave, Fremantle International, France 5, PBS Nature / WNET Thirteen, ZDFE, ZDF, ARTE, BAMSI, Smithsonian, CBBC & CBeebies.

Airing in 2019, is an ambitious, EXPEDITION with Steve Backshall 10x60’, Premium Factual Adventure Travel, GANGS OF LEMUR ISLAND, 5x60’ BAMSI/Smithsonian/ARTE and Volcano 24, 1 x 60 PBS Nature / ZDFE, ZDF, & ARTE.

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Prior to June 2016, Wendy was Head of the BBC Natural History Unit (NHU) where she was responsible for editorial governance for all output including BBC One Landmarks, Africa (2013), Life Story (2014), BAFTA award winning global Live event, Big Blue Live (2015), BBC Two Natural History Trilogies Wild Japan (2015), New Zealand (2016) and Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur (2016).  She also secured a very strong pipeline of future commissions for the NHU including 4 new landmark series including Planet Earth II (2016), Blue Planet II (2017), Dynasties (2018) and Seven World's (2019/20).  As Executive Producer for NHU Children’s for 6 years, she created and delivered the award winning CBeebies Andy’s Wild Adventures and the BAFTA award winning Deadly 60 with Steve Backshall, which has now become a global brand inspiring the younger generation to connect with natural world.

DEVELOPMENT

Rowan Musgrave  - Head of Development & Senior Producer

Rowan Musgrave - Head of Development & Senior Producer

Clare Kingston  - Senior Producer

Clare Kingston - Senior Producer

Hannah Boot -  Senior Producer

Hannah Boot - Senior Producer

Dora Baker -  Development Researcher

Dora Baker - Development Researcher

Elena Di Maria -  PA to Wendy Darke/Development Assistant

Elena Di Maria - PA to Wendy Darke/Development Assistant


PRODUCTION AND FINANCE

Helena Berglund  - Head of Production

Helena Berglund - Head of Production

Claire Saunders  - Finance Assistant

Claire Saunders - Finance Assistant

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EXPEDITION/ UNDISCOVERED WORLDS WITH STEVE BACKSHALL


10 x 60’ - UKTV/BBC/FMI

In pursuit of world firsts

EXPEDITION/ UNDISCOVERED WORLDS WITH STEVE BACKSHALL


10 x 60’ - UKTV/BBC/FMI

In pursuit of world firsts

Jonny Young -  Series Editor

Jonny Young - Series Editor

Susanna Handslip -  Series Producer

Susanna Handslip - Series Producer

Rosie Gloyns -  Producer

Rosie Gloyns - Producer

Rowan Musgrave -  Producer

Rowan Musgrave - Producer

Lynne Youle -  Production Manager

Lynne Youle - Production Manager

Anna Place -  Assistant Producer

Anna Place - Assistant Producer

Briony Jones -  Assistant Producer

Briony Jones - Assistant Producer

Natalie Morrison -  Production Coordinator

Natalie Morrison - Production Coordinator

Annie Laurie -  Production Coordinator

Annie Laurie - Production Coordinator

Tony Pius -  Production Coordinator

Tony Pius - Production Coordinator

Harriet Hoare -  Edit Assistant

Harriet Hoare - Edit Assistant

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GANGS OF LEMUR ISLAND


5 x 60’ -Blue Ant Media / Smithsonian

In exotic landscapes, emotional stories of animal romance, rivalry and friendship unfold. Jeopardy, joy, warfare and very cute lemurs. Gangs of Lemur Island has all the vital ingredients for a gripping, serialized, binge-able animal soap with our stars of the show being surprisingly like us.

GANGS OF LEMUR ISLAND


5 x 60’ -Blue Ant Media / Smithsonian

In exotic landscapes, emotional stories of animal romance, rivalry and friendship unfold. Jeopardy, joy, warfare and very cute lemurs. Gangs of Lemur Island has all the vital ingredients for a gripping, serialized, binge-able animal soap with our stars of the show being surprisingly like us.

James Brickell -  Series Producer

James Brickell - Series Producer

Matt Clements -  Producer/Director

Matt Clements - Producer/Director

Elizabeth Ainge -  Production Manager

Elizabeth Ainge - Production Manager

Niall Stopford -  Researcher

Niall Stopford - Researcher

Eleanor Paish -  Edit Assistant

Eleanor Paish - Edit Assistant

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LIVING VOLCANOES/PLANET OF VOLCANOES


1 x 60’ - PBS WNET / ZDFE / ZDF

Every 24 hours, 30 volcanoes erupt around the planet. This is the story of the people and wildlife that live alongside them, and their essential role in our world.

LIVING VOLCANOES/PLANET OF VOLCANOES


1 x 60’ - PBS WNET / ZDFE / ZDF

Every 24 hours, 30 volcanoes erupt around the planet. This is the story of the people and wildlife that live alongside them, and their essential role in our world.

Alex Ranken -  Producer

Alex Ranken - Producer

Elizabeth Ainge -  Production Manager

Elizabeth Ainge - Production Manager

Amy Thompson -  Researcher

Amy Thompson - Researcher