Lion Television has appointed Daniel Pearl as its new Creative Director.   

Pearl joins from Paramount where he was Commissioning Editor of Unscripted for Paramount+ and Channel 5.  He has previously held a number of senior roles at the BBC and Channel 4. 

During his career Pearl has produced and commissioned shows from the Emmy-Award winning Leaving Neverland: Michael Jackson & Me, to the highest rated factual series on Channel 5 - Our Yorkshire Farm. Pearl has developed and launched a large number of premium factual series as well as new popular formats and has played a pivotal role in bringing top presenting talent to Channel 5, from Jeremy Vine and Dan Walker, through to Jay Blades and Lucy Worsley. Previously he was Editor of Channel 4’s Dispatches strand and Deputy Editor of the BBC’s Panorama, Newsnight and Ten O’clock News. He was also Editor of the BBC’s first ever Prime Ministerial debate. 

Richard Bradley, co-founder and CCO of Lion Television said: “We are delighted Daniel is joining the team here at Lion. His track record in unscripted programming is outstanding and he has amazing editorial and creative judgement.  It makes for perfect synergy with our continued focus on creating high quality compelling stories which celebrate the human and natural world.” 

Daniel Pearl said: “I am thrilled to be joining Richard Bradley and his extraordinary team. Lion has a global reputation as a producer of some of the world’s most popular, intelligent programming and is perfectly positioned for the current demand for new and exciting unscripted franchises.” 

Joint MDs of Lime Pictures and Lion Television, Kate Little and Claire Poyser said: “We are so excited Daniel is joining Lion TV.  He is a hugely talented, admired and respected creative with a wealth of both commissioning and producing experience.  We very much look forward to seeing the new collaboration with Richard and the team.” 

 Lion’s recent series include the multi-BAFTA award winning; Horrible Histories (BBC), Sexy Beasts (Netflix), Arctic From Above (Sky/ NBCU), Mary Beard’s Forbidden Art (BBC2), Homes Under the Hammer (BBC), and Inside the Tower of London (C5). Lion also has a track-record in documentaries including Secrets of The Saqqara Tomb (one of Netlfix’s Top 5 documentaries) and Stolen (BBC’s highly commended Art heist series).   

Lion is currently in production with a raft of access documentaries tackling subjects from the global food industry to archaeology in war zones, natural history in the Caribbean and the latest work of Mary Beard.    

Lion Television is part of All3 Media, with joint MDs Kate Little and Claire Poyser overseeing Lime Pictures, Lion Televison and Wise Owl Films. 


Jon Creamer

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