UK indies Woodcut Media and Spark TV — both part of the Anthology Group — have merged to form the specialist factual and natural history production outfit Woodcut West.
The Bristol-based company will develop and produce programming for the UK and international market, effective Dec. 1., and be spearheaded by Spark TV founder Paul Wooding.
A veteran factual executive, Wooding has produced for the BBC, Discovery in the U.S. and UK, History, Smithsonian Channel, Channel 4 and National Geographic, to name a few. His credits include T. Rex Autopsy, Blitz Street, Black Files Declassified, Hive Alive, Last War Heroes, Smash Lab and Wild Tube.
Kate Beal, co-founder and CEO of Woodcut Media, said in a statement: “Bristol is recognized worldwide as the UK’s creative hub for natural history and wildlife documentaries and we have known and respected Paul’s work for many years now; he breaks the mould when it comes to producing bold, innovative and immersive programming. This alliance will allow us to expand our mutual specialist factual horizons and branch out into new genres, which is a very exciting next stage in Woodcut’s growth.”
In October, Woodcut Media announced the launch of a new international sales arm: Woodcut International. The company has produced such series as The Beverley Allitt Tapes, The Secret History of World War II and Tony Robinson’s VE Day: Minute by Minute.