London-based prodco Tiger Aspect Productions has adopted a policy of consolidation and rebranded Shearman Productions – one of its Bristol-based factual units – as Tiger Aspect West. Nick Shearman, head of Tiger Aspect West (and former managing director of Shearman Productions), says, ‘In terms of its general expansion and ambition, Tiger Aspect wants to present a much more united group to potential broadcasters and commissioners.’
Shearman notes that he had made a name for his company through docusoaps, but Tiger Aspect West will broaden its range to focus on history and science, as well as factual entertainment programming.
Tiger Aspect West’s sister company, Tigress Productions, is also expanding its genre base, which opens the door for more collaborations between the siblings. Says Shearman, ‘Tigress is still a separate company specializing in wildlife/natural history programming, but they are also moving into science and adventure, and that kind of broader factual area. While they want to keep the Tigress brand as [primarily] wildlife, we actually share a building here in Bristol and there are skills on both sides of the fence. We could potentially combine on really interesting, big, ambitious projects.’
Tiger Aspect West and Tigress have already worked together on Foot and Mouth Diary, 6 x 3-minutes on U.K. farmers dealing with the animal epidemic, and they are currently working on another piece about the effects of foot and mouth on the tourist trade in Cumbria and the Lake District.
Tiger Aspect West has appointed three development producers: Sue Kennett, who will focus on science topics for Tiger Aspect West and Tigress; Dunja Noack, who will oversee history programming; and Anastasia Mouzas, who will be responsible for factual entertainment programs, including format ideas.