Pioneer Productions

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Pioneer Productions
Television Production
GenreEntertainment, Science, History, Drama
FoundersNigel Henbest
Heather Couper
Area served
Key people
Stuart Carter, Jeremy Dear, Kirstie McLure,

Pioneer Productions is a British television production company based in London, United Kingdom, specialising in scientific and other documentary productions.


Founded in 1988, by Nigel Henbest, Heather Couper and Stuart Carter, Pioneer targeted science broadcasting in a period of global tele-media expansion, and sought relationships with US factual television broadcasters. In the 1990s it produced series entitled Raging Planet,[1] and Extreme Machines. Later CGI films included Journey to the Edge of the Universe, The Unsinkable Titanic, Hindenburg: The Last Flight [de], Extraordinary Animals, In the Womb, and Catastrophe. In 2009 it helped produce the six-part series Christianity: A History for Channel 4.


Pioneer has won the "Best Science Film" award twice at the Banff World Media Festival,[citation needed] the Grand Award at the New York Television Festival, a UK Indie award, Sony Award, CINE Golden Eagles, and other prizes in the U.S., France, Italy, and Greece. Recently, Pioneer Productions has won an Emmy Award and awards at the Royal Television Society.[citation needed]


  1. ^ What We Do on Pioneer Productions official website. Accessed 17 April 2013

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