Dov Freedman, the producer behind Channel 4′s The Island has teamed with long-time collaborator and Chris Packham: Asperger’s and Me director Charlie Russell to launch the factual indie Curious Films.
The company officially opened this past June and already has a number of projects in development, including its first commission in the recently announced Britain’s Youngest Football Boss (w/t) for BBC3. The docuseries spotlights the West Ham United Women’s Football Club and their 18-year-old managing director, Jack Sullivan. The first two episodes of program will bow Dec. 5 on BBC3.
Freedman has more than two decades of experience in the television industry and has produced a number of popular UK factual titles, including The Island with Bear Grylls, An Hour to Save Your Life, Outside Man and Barbie: The Most Famous Doll in the World. He also oversaw Russell’s documentaries The Trouble With Dad and The Last Nazis.
Meanwhile, Russell is a double BAFTA- and Emmy Award-winning director who has made more than 20 documentaries for British screens, including Chris Packham: Asperger’s & Me, which was feted with the Best Director for Factual prize at the 2018 BAFTAs, and Choosing To Die, which took home multiple documentary awards including the BAFTA, Emmy, Grierson and RTS.
“Charlie and I share a vision to make quality factual television with an unashamedly popular touch,” commented Freedman in a statement. “We have a desire to innovate at every turn, and we’re thrilled with how our first major commission is shaping up.”