History Hit — the digital media company acquired by All3Media’s Little Dot Studios in August 2020 — is ramping up its original programming investment with plans to hire a head of original programming.
The executive would take charge of the increased investment to more than 60 hours of original content per year, overseeing development and executive producing the delivery of series and singles.
“We choose unfashionable subjects as well as the big popular crowd-pleasers. We have a culture of trust in our on- and off-screen talent. We commission months ahead or hours ahead. That freedom, the ability to develop ideas and get them into production the same day, makes the head of original programming the most exciting role in TV. A dream job for someone passionate about history. It will take our output to another level and push our quality up to the gold standard of history broadcasting. We’re looking for someone who wants to join the adventure and make some history,” History Hit founder and creative director Dan Snow (pictured) said in a release.
The company’s SVOD service, History Hit TV, is committing to at least six original series helmed by established talent, with Suzannah Lipscomb’s Six Wives of Henry VIII and Ancient Britain with Ray Mears the first to roll out.
History Hit said it will offer opportunities for “diverse new history talent” via single documentaries and series, building on such fare as Luke Pepera’s Africa: Written out of History, Alice Loxton’s Women of the Second World War and Tristan Hughes’ Boudica: Death to Rome.
The SVOD sits alongside History Hit output across podcasts, online editorial, social, live events, publishing and branded content.
Little Dot Studios’ stable of digital history brands includes Timeline, Real Royalty, Odyssey, War Stories and Absolute History.
“History Hit subscriber numbers have doubled year on year,” Dan Jones, CEO of Little Dot Studios, said in a statement. “Set alongside Little Dot’s network offering of more than 30 genre brands that are on course to pass one billion viewers in 2022, it is clear passion niches are flourishing.”