The new outfit will initially focus on factual programming, but the longer-term ambition also includes drama and entertainment. With two series already in production – “The Sweet Makers,” a 3 x 1 hour series telling the history of sugar as a group of modern-day confectioners create the sweets of the past, and the latest in the much-loved “Back In Time” franchise. Wall to Wall has also secured a commission for a new three-part history landmark to be made from the new regional base. In addition BBC One has ordered two further series of the BAFTA-winning “Who Do You Think You Are?,” and five of the films will be produced from Bristol during 2018 and 2019. In all, the company has upwards of 25 hours of primetime factual programming slated to be made from the Bristol office.
The company has appointed executive producer Emily Shields to head up Wall to Wall West. Her credits include the BAFTA and Broadcast award nominated “Back In Time” franchise and a range of history and documentary series including “The Secret History of Our Streets” and factual entertainment formats, “Supernanny” and “Faking It.”
Leanne Klein, CEO of Wall to Wall, says “I’m absolutely delighted to be setting up in Bristol. I spent much of my early career working here and I very much look forward to meeting and re-connecting with the talent based in the region. Emily is a brilliant creative executive and is the perfect person to continue the Wall to Wall tradition of making high quality, fascinating and entertaining series from our new West Country base.”
Note to editors:
Wall to Wall Media is one of the world’s leading production companies. In its 30 year history to date its output has won every major television award and an Academy Award (for “Man on Wire”). A reputation for innovation and consistently high quality production values has been the hallmark of the company’s success, alongside an unrivalled breadth of programming including: history (the BAFTA-winning global phenomenon “Who Do You Think You Are?”), numerous “living history” series for the UK and US (“Back In Time” series, “The Victorian Slum,” “Victorian Bakers” as well as the ground-breaking “House” franchise), compelling human interest (the BAFTA-winning “Long Lost Family”), drama (the multiple Emmy-, BAFTA- and Golden Globe-nominated “The Girl”; BBC Two’s 2016 hit “The Scandalous Lady W”; long-running hit cop show “New Tricks”) and entertainment (“Little Big Shots with Dawn French”; five series of “The Voice” for the BBC).
A Warner Bros. International Television Production company, Wall to Wall continues to grow and innovate and is working with all the key UK broadcasters and many others around the world including HBO, Netflix, National Geographic, History, Science and PBS.