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Humble Bee Films taps former BBC NHU exec Jayne Edwards to lead development

UK indie Humble Bee Films has appointed Jayne Edwards as head of development. Edwards (pictured) joins the factual outfit from the BBC Studios Natural History Unit, where she was the executive primarily ...
March 19, 2021

UK indie Humble Bee Films has appointed Jayne Edwards as head of development.

Edwards (pictured) joins the factual outfit from the BBC Studios Natural History Unit, where she was the executive primarily leading U.S. and SVOD development.

In her new post, Edwards will help expand Humble Bee Films’ business into the premium factual space, developing and pitching science, history and specialist factual programming while also building on the company’s slate of blue-chip factual productions.

That slate includes the BBC1, Netflix and Channel Nine Australia natural history coproduction Attenborough’s Life in Colour.

Based in Bristol, she will also oversee Humble Bee Films’ growing development team, reporting to creative director Stephen McQuillan.

Prior to BBC Studios NHU, she was creative executive at BBC Studios and formerly head of development at Off the Fence.

“Jayne has lived and breathed the UK natural history scene for the last few years now and has a superb reputation across the industry — but she also has a great eye for specialist factual, history and science programming. It’s this blend of experience that makes her an exciting fit for Humble Bee Films, as the company looks to broaden its slate into the premium factual space alongside its already stellar line-up of blue-chip content,” McQuillan said in a statement.

Humble Bee Films’ roster of programming includes David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities for UKTV, BBC Worldwide and BBC2; Attenborough and the Giant Elephant for BBC1 and CBC; Amazing Pigs for Terra Mater Factual Studios, Smithsonian Channel and Arte; Tasmania: Weird and Wonderful for Terra Mater Factual Studios and BBC2; Planet Parrot and The Real Dingo for Terra Mater Factual Studios as well as BBC2/Animal Planet singles: Walrus: Two Tonne Tusker and Komodo: The Dragon’s Bite.

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