Led by former Channel 4 International and Diverse Productions MD Paul Sowerbutts, Altitude Factual is a new division out of UK-headquartered Altitude Media Group.
Sowerbutts (pictured left) serves as managing director, and will be joined by Jeremy Bradshaw (right), founder of Tigress Productions, as head of natural history.
Altitude Factual’s focus will be on natural and human stories with a strong family appeal. It will produce long-running television series and feature-length documentaries and specials, and Sowerbutts and Bradshaw have traveled to Africa and Asia for projects already in development.
Altitude’s existing documentary slate include Amy, Whitney, My Scientology Movie and Diego Maradona.
The launch of this new division follows 30WEST’s investment in Altitude Media Group and the studio’s production partnership with LA-based Soluble Fish Productions.
Sowerbutts’ experience includes projects such as Touching the Void and Bear Grylls – Man vs Wild. He’s currently executive producing Otto Bell’s upcoming feature The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu.
“We’re very excited to continue to grow Altitude with the launch of Altitude Factual, expanding into a new area for the company with universal evergreen popularity,” said Will Clarke, chairman and co-CEO of Altitude Film Entertainment, in a statement. “Paul and Jeremy are hugely respected and experienced in the field of natural history television and film, and there is a strong demand from global platforms and broadcasters for this type of programming that we’re excited to engage.”