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Discovery alums launch factual indie Big Little Fish

Former Discovery Networks executives Mark Procter and Steve Jones have partnered to launch a London-based non-fiction indie studio. Big Little Fish will specialize in producing and developing returnable factual and fact-ent formats, ...
December 12, 2019

Former Discovery Networks executives Mark Procter and Steve Jones have partnered to launch a London-based non-fiction indie studio.

Big Little Fish will specialize in producing and developing returnable factual and fact-ent formats, popular factual features and docuseries for the international marketplace. Genres will include true crime, history, motoring, engineering and body transformation series.

At launch, the production unit’s content library includes the archive-focused Hitler’s Women: The Forgotten Nazis (6 x 60 minutes), which analyzes the women behind the men at the head of the Third Reich; and has acquired the factual television rights to produce a 3 x 60-minute true crime docuseries tentatively titled Breaking Dad, which recounts the story of a mild-mannered father who transformed himself into a crystal meth kingpin throughout the early noughties.

Big Little Fish is currently in discussions with networks and distributors on the aforementioned projects. The company is also currently engaged in conversations with potential investors as it looks to scale the business and grow its development slate ahead of January’s Realscreen Summit in New Orleans.

Most recently, Procter (pictured left) held a seven-year career at Discovery Networks where he served as an executive producer and commissioning editor until 2017. In the role, he was tasked with negotiating deals for international productions, including Say Yes to the Dress UK, The Great Bake Off and Undressed, while also developing original series for TLC UK including Separated at Birth and Extreme Beauty Disasters. His additional credits include Discovery Quest’s Salvage Hunters: The Restorers and farming docuseries Born Mucky.

Jones (right), meanwhile, most recently served as exec producer of fact-ent at Discovery Networks where he worked across a varied slate of popular factual and factual entertainment series for TLC, Investigation Discovery and Quest Red.

Prior to Discovery Networks, Jones held the post of commissioning editor at LIVINGtv and Sky1, and held a senior posting at Australian prodco CJZ.

The pair serve as co-founders of Big Little Fish.

“Casting our net far and wide we are looking to work with broadcasters and platforms around the world,” said Procter in a statement. “Launching Big Little Fish with an ever-expanding slate of high quality, linear, non-linear and digital content we are driven to develop returnable factual content in a variety of genres for UK and international audiences alike.”

“Over the past few months we’ve been busy talking to distributors and broadcasters, building a solid, well-considered raft of exciting IP to sit alongside Breaking Dad and Hitler’s Women: The Forgotten Nazis,” added Jones. “We feel that our combined international and creative experience has equipped us to develop and produce compelling factual series that we’re confident will resonate strongly with audiences worldwide. We’re looking forward to revealing more of it in the coming months.”

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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