Jane Root‘s London-based factual producer Nutopia has expanded its portfolio into feature documentaries by linking a creative partnership with international filmmakers Roast Beef Productions.
Under the deal, Roast Beef will move into Nutopia’s expanding London offices and will see the two content production firms develop feature and television projects across long-form, short-form and new hybrid models with scale for the international marketplace.
Led by Academy Award-nominated producer Mike Lerner, the Roast Beef team further includes Martin Herring, Havana Marking and Janet Knipe.
Roast Beef’s production credits include 2014 Oscar-nominated feature doc The Square, Hell and Back Again, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (pictured), The Russian Woodpecker, Afghan Star, and, most recently, Lana Wilson’s The Departure.
Nutopia, meanwhile, is represented by CAA and has programmed 42 hours of content into North America this year. Forthcoming projects include the BBC and PBS’s Civilisations and National Geographic’s One Strange Rock, which was produced in association with Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures. Past productions include America: The Story of Us, Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery, The 80′s: The Decade That Made Us and How We Got to Now.
“After eight years of pioneering the mega-doc, and bringing new scale and ambition to the factual documentary space, I can’t wait to join forces with these world-leading documentarians to create a whole new range of highly ambitious premium documentary projects,” said Root, founder and CEO of Nutopia, in a statement.