Nutopia (production company)
|This article does not cite any references or sources. (November 2012)|
Nutopia is an independent production company established in 2008 with offices in London and Washington, D.C. It specialises in making specialist fact-based documentary television programmes.
The company's first so-called mega doc was the 12-hour America: The Story of Us series for History US. Nutopia has since gone onto work on new projects for History USA, Discovery USA and National Geographic and in the UK with Channel 4, the BBC and Sky Atlantic. In 2012, Nutopia was ranked number 11 in the top 30 UK ‘True’ Independent Production Companies and twentieth in Televisual's Top 100 Production poll.
May 2013 “The 80’s: The Decade That Made Us”, Isn’t about nostalgia; it’s about the history of our modern world. A decade that spawned political, technological, cultural and social revolutions that began in the United States and went on to dominate the world. This is the story of the 1980s, told as never before. An epic tale recreated through archive footage and dramatic reconstruction featuring interviews with music and film superstars, as well as titans of technology, business, media and politics. This was the decade that made our world today. The US tx for National Geographic Channel’s three-night, six hour event was the highest rating Sunday since the premiere of Killing Lincoln and the best 3 night stretch for the channel since the same period. The UK tx’s on the channel in May, stripped over a week.
November 2012 Mankind The Story of All of Us, Over two years in the making, this global series is one of the most in-depth television events ever produced for HISTORY and explores our fight for survival on a harsh brutal planet. It is the story of all of us. Broadcast sumultaneously in over 150 countries, in more than 30 languages worldwide. The UK audience for the first transmission drew 51% above slot average.
September 2012 The British, a seven-part series for Sky Atlantic, told the history of Britain and Ireland from the Roman invasion to the Coronation of Elizabeth II and the birth of TV, in 1953. Telling the real and often surprising stories of the unsung heroes using compelling drama and spectacular CGI. Some of the UK’s most recognizable names from the worlds of entertainment, politics and science – along with a host of British history experts, offered unique insights on how thousands of years of British history Dame Helen Mirren, Anthony Horowitz, Jeremy Irons, Jessie J, General Sir Mike Jackson, Kwame Kwei Amah, Caitlin Moran and Michael Portillo. The series launch was the highest rating factual broadcast on Sky Atlantic.
America The Story of Us, a 12-part documentary mini-series aired on the American History Channel. This series combines CGI technology and dramatic re-creations depicting the transition from small agricultural colony to international superpower, including contributions from over 1600 actors and extras, to dramatise some of the USA’s most important moments. The series was nominated for four Emmy awards (winning the award for ‘Best Sound’) and achieved the highest-rated special documentary in the network's history, with the debut show gaining 5.7 million viewers.
In December 2010 Nutopia's four-part series The House That Made Me aired on Channel 4. Celebrities Boy George, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Michael Barrymore and Jamelia were taken back to their childhood homes which had been recreated in detail, stirring some long-forgotten memories and re-introducing them to the neighbourhoods of their youth.
Autumn 2010 the documentary 9/11: State of Emergency was broadcast on the History Channel US and Channel 4. With contributions from top American politicians, including Condoleezza Rice, this production brought together the stories of some of those involved from the world of politics, the military and the fire services, reliving their personal experiences and shedding light on the events of that day.
Vatican: The Hidden World, aired in the UK in September 2010 on BBC 2. With access to the heart of the Catholic Church, this documentary covered the day-to-day running of the Vatican, in the year leading up to the Papal visit to the UK.
1 August 2011 Discovery US aired Rogue Sharks as part of Shark Week. The Nutopia production investigated the rogue shark phenomenon by mixing dramatic accounts of real-life shark attacks with a scientific detective story.
September 2011 the fact-based docu-drama Targeting Bin Laden aired on History (US) and Bin Laden: Shoot to Kill Channel 4, covering the top-secret operation to find and kill Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden. The doc draws on interviews with those inside the White House, including the first interview by President Barack Obama on the events of the mission and cinematic reconstructions from inside the White House Situation Room as the Navy Seals storm Bin Laden’s hideaway in Abbottabad.
December 2011: The Kings of Christmas Lights (Channel 4, Cutting Edge) An exploration of extreme Christmas decorating, this programme threw a spotlight on what Christmas means in contemporary Britain, looking at what motivates people to cover their houses in swathes of Christmas decorations every year.
January 2012: Britain’s Gay Footballers aired on BBC3. It looked at homosexuality as the national game’s last great taboo. Amal Fashanu, niece of Justin Fashanu, the only ever openly gay British professional, went on a mission to discover why no gay player has followed in her uncle’s boots in over twenty years, with access to a cast of characters from within and beyond football. The documentary has been nominated for a Broadcast Award 2013 for Best News/Current Affairs programme.
The company was founded by Jane Root (Former President of the Discovery Channel USA and Controller of BBC2 UK) recently interviewed in The Guardian and Laura Franses, who left the company in 2012. Board members include Michael Jackson (television executive) and Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chief Executive at Endemol.