Bad Wolf (production company)

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Bad Wolf Ltd.
TypePrivate Limited Company
IndustryTelevision
Founded2015; 7 years ago (2015)
FounderJulie Gardner
Jane Tranter
HeadquartersCardiff, Wales, UK
Key people
Julie Gardner
Jane Tranter
Natasha Hale
ParentSony Pictures Television (2021-present)
SubsidiariesWhoniverse1 Ltd
Websitebad-wolf.com

Bad Wolf is a British television production company founded by Julie Gardner and Jane Tranter in 2015, with its headquarters in Cardiff, Wales.[1][2] The company is responsible for the television series The Night Of, Beddgelert, A Discovery of Witches, and His Dark Materials and the upcoming era of Doctor Who.

History[edit]

The company was founded in 2015 by former BBC executives Julie Gardner and Jane Tranter after leaving BBC Worldwide.[3] During their time at the BBC, they worked with Russell T Davies on the 2005 relaunch of Doctor Who, which was made in Wales.[4] The company name is a homage to the "Bad Wolf" storyline from the relaunched series. In 2015, it signed a first look deal with HBO.[5]

In 2017, the company opened a new film and television studio in Cardiff, named Wolf Studios Wales.[6] That same year, Bad Wolf's first production, The Night Of,[7] was nominated for thirteen Emmys, of which it won five.[8] Later that year, they also received investment from European media conglomerate Sky Group and American network HBO in return for minority stakes in the company.[9]

The first episode of the company's His Dark Materials, which began an adaptation of the book series of the same name, was watched by approximately seven million people. This made the premiere the biggest new British series debut in over five years.[10]

In April 2020, Bad Wolf announced that had commenced work on I Hate Suzie starring Billie Piper, whom Gardner and Tranter's associate Russell T Davies had cast in the major role of Rose Tyler on Doctor Who.[11][12]

On 24 September 2021, BBC Studios announced that Bad Wolf would become co-producer of Doctor Who itself starting in 2023, following the scheduled departure of the series' current showrunner, Chris Chibnall, who occupied the role from 2017 to 2022. Davies will return to his old role as showrunner, which he had occupied from 2005 to 2010, with Gardner returning as executive producer and Tranter joining also.[13]

In October 2021, it was announced that Sony would acquire a majority of Bad Wolf,[14] outmaneuvering Access Entertainment, Sky Group and HBO. The deal brought in a new member, Natasha Hale, along with a long-term partnership to produce future productions and boost Cardiff's standing in the entertainment industry.[15]

In November 2021, Bad Wolf created a new subsidiary called "Whoniverse1 Ltd". The fansite Doctor Who TV speculated that Bad Wolf and Russell T Davies could produce a Marvel-styled "Whoniverse".[16]

Productions[edit]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Creator(s) Distributor(s)
2016 The Night Of Steven Zaillian
Richard Price
BBC Worldwide
2017 Beddgelert Medeni Griffiths
2018–2022 A Discovery of Witches Deborah Harkness Sky Vision (s1)

NBCUniversal International Distribution (s2+)

2019–present His Dark Materials Philip Pullman BBC Studios (United Kingdom)

HBO (International)

2020–present Industry Konrad Kay
Mickey Down
I Hate Suzie Lucy Prebble
Billie Piper
NBCUniversal International Distribution
2023– Doctor Who Sydney Newman
C.E. Webber
Donald Wilson
BBC Studios

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BAD WOLF LTD". Companies House. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Bad Wolf Cardiff Creative". Cardiff Creative. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  3. ^ Plunkett, John (27 July 2015). "BBC executives behind Doctor Who comeback set up production company". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  4. ^ Barraclough, Leo (27 July 2015). "Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner, BBC Execs Behind 'Doctor Who,' Launch Bad Wolf (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  5. ^ Barraclough, Leo (3 November 2015). "HBO Partners with Production Company Bad Wolf (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety (in American English). Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  6. ^ Ravindran, Manori (16 May 2017). "NEWS Bad Wolf opens major film and television studio in Wales". Screen Daily. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  7. ^ "The Night Of". Bad Wolf. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  8. ^ "The complete list of 2017 Emmy winners and nominees". Los Angeles Times (in American English). 18 September 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  9. ^ "Sky and HBO advance production partnership with investment in Bad Wolf". www.skygroup.sky (in British English). Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  10. ^ "His Dark Materials is most-watched new show in five years". The Independent. 5 November 2019. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  11. ^ "When is Billie Piper's Sky drama I Hate Suzie on TV?". Radio Times. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  12. ^ "Billie Piper will lead the cast of new Sky original drama I Hate Suzie". Radio Times. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  13. ^ Yossman, K. J. (24 September 2021). "'Doctor Who' Showrunner Russell T. Davies to Return for Next Season". Variety (in American English). Retrieved 24 September 2021.
  14. ^ "Doctor Who producer Bad Wolf 'to be acquired by Sony'". Radio Times. Retrieved 23 October 2021.
  15. ^ "Sony have acquired future 'Doctor Who' producer Bad Wolf". CultBox. Retrieved 2 December 2021.
  16. ^ "New Subsidiary Could Hint at a Marvel-style Whoniverse From Russell T Davies". Doctor Who TV. Retrieved 25 November 2021.

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