Factual indie  Humble Bee Films has appointed Stephen McQuillan as Creative Director. 

he will oversee the growth of Humble Bee Films’ factual arm, developing 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’.

He joins Humble Bee Films from UK independent factual company Icon Films, where he served as Creative Director.

At Icon Films, McQuillan helped oversee the expansion of Icon’s business with wide-ranging projects including ‘Unknown Amazon With Pedro Andrade’ for Vice Media Group, ‘Malawi Wildlife Rescue’ for Blue Ant Media, ‘Mysteries of the Deep’for Science Channel and the ‘Secrets of the Mega…’ strand for Channel 5. Prior to Icon Films, Stephen worked in a number of senior producer roles including at Twofour Group and the BBC.

Based in Bristol, Stephen reports to Humble Bee Films Founder and MD Stephen Dunleavy and begins his new role with immediate effect.

“Humble Bee Films has an incredible reputation for producing brilliant high-end factual programmes – and its fantastic company ethos is renowned across the UK television community. I’m really excited to join this ambitious and talented team and help broaden and grow their already stunning line-up of factual content,” said Stephen McQuillan, Creative Director of Humble Bee Films.

“We are delighted that Stephen has joined the Humble Bee team as our Creative Director. I’ve long admired Stephen’s excellent work, and his exceptional knowledge of the international factual space will help us to grow our boundary-pushing slate of programming to new levels,” said Stephen Dunleavy, MD of Humble Bee Films.

Humble Bee Films is one of the UK’s leading independent premium factual TV production companies and specialises in making high-end natural history, science and history programming for a range of international broadcasters.

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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