Laura Franses (pictured) has stepped down as MD of Nutopia, the production company she formed four years ago with former BBC and Discovery exec Jane Root, “to pursue new opportunities.”
London-based Franses will remain a consultant and shareholder at the indie, which is behind productions including America: the Story of US and Mankind: the Story of All of Us. Chief financial officer Carl Griffin will become acting MD.
“Laura has helped take us from just an idea to where we are today,” said Root in a statement. “Her strategic insight and financial acumen has been a tremendous asset to the company.
“We are sad to see her leave, but we understand her desire to evolve and do the next thing in life. Everyone at Nutopia wishes her the very best.”
Franses added: “I am immensely proud of my time at Nutopia. Since Jane and I started the company in 2008, it has created genre-defining programming for major global broadcasters. It has been an honor to work with incredible production crews and I leave behind an outstanding, creative and inspirational management team to take the company forward.”
Among Nutopia’s other notable productions are Sky Atlantic’s Great Britain: Our Story for, Discovery Networks International’s How We Invented the World, and Nat Geo U.S.’s The 80s: The Decade That Made Us.