Producer Profile: Lion Television (UK)

Lion Television
April 1, 2007

Lion Television


Diversity is really the buzzword when it comes to Lion Television. Consider just a few of the projects the company has on the go or recently delivered in the last year or so: Lion returned one of the granddaddies of factual entertainment series to the air when it delivered a new season of Castaway to the BBC, five years after the last season aired; Alan Titchmarsh took viewers on a four-part tour of the UK under the sun in The Great British Summer; BBC4 featured the 90-minute Lion special on American architect Daniel Libeskind to much acclaim (several readers commented on its accessibility and level of entertainment); Discovery commissioned the stunning South Africa Atlas, with two more of this signature series to come; and Cash Cab has topped a remarkable 1,000 episodes internationally.

And that’s just what Lion’s got going on in the UK. Lion USA adds projects such as SWAT USA, History Detectives and Science Investigators, among others.

It’s not an easy formula: diversity, volume and quality. It takes some doing to pull it off, but Lion manages to do it with remarkable consistency.

Recent titles: Castaway, Libeskind, Cash Cab

Employees: 150

Hours this year: 212

Upcoming includes: Athens: The Truth About Democracy (C4/PBS), Indian School (BBC4), Columbus (History Channel), Britain’s Best (UKTV History)

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.