Bristol-based  factual production company Humble Bee Films has appointed Richard Thomson executive chair.

Former Wall to Wall managing director Thomson, who has also previously held senior management roles at Tiger Aspect, Endemol and Optomen Television, has joined the Attenborough’s Life in Colour producer after working with the business for two years in a freelance non executive director capacity.

Humble Bee Films was launched in 2010 by former BBC Natural History Unit producer Stephen Dunleavy. The company specialises in making high-end factual programming for a range of international broadcasters.

The company’s previous productions include Attenborough’s Life in Colour for the BBC, Netflix and Channel Nine Australia, David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities for UKTV, BBC Worldwide and BBC2; Attenborough and the Giant Elephant for BBC One and CBC and Amazing Pigs for Terra Mater Factual Studios, Smithsonian Channel and Arte.

The company’s recent Netflix commission Wild Babies, a blue chip natural history series revealing the secret lives of wild baby animals, narrated by award-winning actress Helena Bonham Carter has just launched globally on the streaming service.

“Having spent so much of my career at large super-indies it has been really interesting working with a truly independent company, which has such a great reputation for making brilliant programmes,” said Richard Thomson.


Pippa Considine

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