Factual indie Humble Bee Films has appointed Jayne Edwards as Head of Development.

Edwards joins Humble Bee Films from BBC Studios Natural History Unit, where she was Development Executive primarily leading US and SVOD developments. Prior to this, she was Creative Executive at BBC Studios and was formerly Head of Development at Off the Fence.

At Humble Bee Films, she will be charged with helping expand the business into the premium factual space, developing and pitching science, history and specialist factual programming while also building on the company’s core slate of blue-chip factual productions, which includes BBC One, Netflix and Channel Nine Australia natural history co-production ‘Attenborough’s Life in Colour’. She will also oversee Humble Bee Films’ growing development team.

Based in Bristol, Edwards reports to Humble Bee Films’ Creative Director Stephen McQuillan and begins her new role with immediate effect.

“I’m really looking forward to joining the hugely respected and very well liked team at Humble Bee Films during an exciting time for the company. I can’t wait to begin developing an ambitious slate that not only builds on their success but also takes them into new territories across factual,” said Jayne Edwards, Head of Development at Humble Bee Films.

“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,” said Stephen McQuillan, Creative Director of Humble Bee Films.

The company’s roster of programming includes: ‘David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities’ for UKTV, BBC Worldwide and BBC2; ‘Attenborough and the Giant Elephant’ for BBC One 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’.

Jon Creamer

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