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Samantha Antiss to lead Wonderhood Studios’ unscripted department

Wonderhood Studios, the prodco established by former Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham, has appointed Samantha Antiss to lead its newly formed unscripted programming team. Antiss (pictured) joins the newly established ...
June 6, 2018

Wonderhood Studios, the prodco established by former Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham, has appointed Samantha Antiss to lead its newly formed unscripted programming team.

Antiss (pictured) joins the newly established prodco as co-founder and creative director of unscripted, reporting to Abraham. She will join Wonderhood Studios in October.

Antiss is currently the creative director of the creative label she helped establish, Auntie Productions, at BBC. Since Auntie’s launch, it has won more than 40 hours of commissions ranging across documentary, specialist factual and popular factual. Her titles include Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby, which has been taken worldwide.

Before establishing Auntie Productions, Samantha was a BAFTA and RTS award-winning BBC commissioner working in the documentaries commissioning team and previously in features and formats. Her commissions include the BAFTA-winning Life and Death Row, BAFTA-nominated Keeping Britain Alive, The Call Centre and A Very British Airline.

Emma Lorenz also joins Wonderhood Studios in July in the role of deputy creative director of unscripted. She will be tasked with running development across unscripted genres.

Lorenz is a multiple award-winning director of development who has secured factual commissions across all the major channels. As director of development at Lion Television, she secured 26 commissions including BBC1′s RAF 100 with Ewan & Colin McGregor and Pompeii: New Secrets Revealed with Mary Beard.

Previously she was at the BBC and held roles including head of documentaries development and head of factual entertainment development. Prior to the BBC, Lorenz worked in the factual department of ITV Studios where commissions for ITV ranged from formats such as Popstar to Opera Star to documentaries including David Jason: The Battle of Britain.

Wonderhood Studios will soon announce a core team to shepherd its creative agency studio. Further senior appointments in content production will be made in the future as the company expands into new genres.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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