London-based factual indie Nerd TV is set to open an LA office, headed by the company’s co-founder and creative director John Farrar, which will focus on making unscripted series for U.S. channels.
The new office, opening this month, follows a raft of commissions from networks including OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, Discovery, and A+E in the U.S.
OWN commissioned a 10-part series called Dogfellas (w/t), while A&E picked up 12 Year Old Lifer, a doc which recently aired on UK pubcaster Channel 4. The company is developing three pilots for U.S. networks, including its first factual entertainment series and a presenter-led documentary with Grierson Award-nominated Lou Ferrante (pictured above).
Nerd TV is presently looking for an LA-based head of development, and will be seeking a U.S. production team in the months ahead.
“Having won a number of commissions with U.S. networks and developing more original content for channels in the U.S., it is critical that we meet the growing expectations and ambitions the company has in the U.S.,” said Jago Lee, managing director at Nerd TV. “It is a notoriously competitive market but we are producing unique content and we hope to build on our success by opening a production base on the ground in LA.”