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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. and former Head of BBC Natural History Unit

 Following on from her 25 year career at the BBC – NHU, where she was responsible for over 1,000 programmes spanning both specialist factual and natural history children’s genre, Wendy founded TRUE TO NATURE (TTN), a Bristol based Independent Production Company specialising in innovative, world class premium natural history and specialist factual production, 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 including. VOLCANO 24, a 1x60’, which was the first International Specialist Factual Co-Production Partnership between TTN and ZDFE, PBS, WNET Thirteen, Nature, ZDF and ARTE, due to air in 2019.  Also airing in 2019, is an ambitious, 10x60’, Premium Factual Adventure Travel EXPEDITION with Steve Backshall series commissioned by UKTV Dave with the first 4x60’ premiering on theBBC and Fremantle is the WW distribution partner.  Recent announcements at Wildscreen 2018 include GANGS OF LEMUR ISLAND, 5x60’, delivering in 4K/UHD/HDR for premier on LOVE NATURE, Blue Ant Media and via the Smithsonian Channel in the US.

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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

  Tom Jarvis -  Series Producer

Tom Jarvis - Series Producer

  Tessa Worgan -  Assistant Producer

Tessa Worgan - Assistant Producer

  Tony Pius -  Development Assistant

Tony Pius - Development Assistant


PRODUCTION AND FINANCE

  Helena Berglund  - Head of Production

Helena Berglund - Head of Production

  Radhika Shukla  - Production Finance Consultant

Radhika Shukla - Production Finance Consultant

  Mahnoor Fatima  - Finance Assistant

Mahnoor Fatima - Finance Assistant

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EXPEDITION WITH STEVE BACKSHALL


10 x 60’

In pursuit of world firsts

EXPEDITION WITH STEVE BACKSHALL


10 x 60’

In pursuit of world firsts

  Jonny Young -  Series Editor

Jonny Young - Series Editor

  Susanna Handslip -  Series Producer

Susanna Handslip - Series Producer

  James Brickell -  Series Producer

James Brickell - 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

  Harriet Hoare -  Edit Assistant

Harriet Hoare - Edit Assistant

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GANGS OF LEMUR ISLAND


5 x 60’

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’

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.

  Matt Clements -  Producer/Director

Matt Clements - Producer/Director

  Elizabeth Ainge -  Production Manager

Elizabeth Ainge - Production Manager

  Niall Stopford -  Researcher

Niall Stopford - Researcher

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  Eleanor Paish -  Edit Assistant

Eleanor Paish - Edit Assistant

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VOLCANO 24


1 x 60’

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.

VOLCANO 24


1 x 60’

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