UK indie Humble Bee Films has appointed Stephen McQuillan as creative director.
In his new role, McQuillan (pictured) will focus on growing Humble Bee Films’ factual arm, developing science, history and specialist factual programming while also building on the company’s core slate of premium factual productions — which includes BBC1 Netflix and Channel Nine Australia natural history co-production Attenborough’s Life in Colour.
He comes to Humble Bee Films from Icon Films, where he also served as creative director.
At Icon Films, McQuillan helped expand the prodco’s business with an array of projects such as Unknown Amazon With Pedro Andrade for Vice Media Group, Malawi Wildlife Rescue for Blue Ant Media, Mysteries of the Deep for Science Channel and the Secrets of the Mega… for Channel 5.
Before his stint at Icon Films, McQuillan held a number of senior producer roles including at Twofour Group and the BBC.
“Humble Bee Films has an incredible reputation for producing brilliant high-end factual programs — and its fantastic company ethos is renowned across the UK television community,” McQuillan said in a statement. “I’m really excited to join this ambitious and talented team and help broaden and grow their already stunning line-up of factual content.”
Based in Bristol, McQuillan reports to Humble Bee Films founder and managing director Stephen Dunleavy, and starts his new role immediately.