Stars of the screen
Independent TV production company Nutopia is best known for its award-winning factual programming. Credited with creating the ‘megadoc’ – a huge, premium documentary series that often sits in American cable channel schedules – Nutopia was created in 2009. “At a time when everyone was talking about budgets getting squeezed, we went in the opposite direction and invented the megadoc, the crème de la crème of documentary series,” CEO Jane Root explains.
Jane, former president of Discovery Networks and Controller of BBC Two, describes her company as “bringing clever, ambitious television to a global audience” and “making serious subjects entertaining and accessible”. Specialising in epic cinematography and action-driven drama, Nutopia has worked with some of the entertainment industry’s leading lights, including Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum.
The firm has gone from strength to strength in the past decade and has been recognised as such. In 2017, Jane was awarded the Women in Film and TV ‘Business Woman of the Year’ award and the firm was included in The Sunday Times 2018 Profit Track 100 Ones to Watch list.
What does Jane put Nutopia’s success down to? “Despite tightening budgets throughout the industry, we focused on the ‘best of the best’ even at high prices. With our history of producing the very best high-end factual content, we have been well positioned to take advantage of the rise of the streaming video on demand (SVOD), with the audiences’ appetite for quality content, and the increasing collaboration between film and television.”
To counter the tough economic conditions in the past decade, Jane says the secret to success also lies in consistent investment in the best talent in the industry and creating a strong sense of community.