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Woodcut, Spark merge to set up prodco

Woodcut Media and Spark TV, part of the UK’s Anthology Group, are merging to launch a prodco in Bristol focused on natural history and specialist factual.

Paul Wooding

Woodcut West will be led by Spark TV founder Paul Wooding, whose 30-year career has focused on natural history and specialist factual for broadcasters including the BBC, Channel 4, National Geographic and History.

His credits include T Rex Autopsy, Blitz Street, Black Files Declassified, Hive Alive, Last War Heroes, Smash Lab and Wild Tube.

Kate Beal, co-founder and CEO of Woodcut, said: “We are proud to unveil this new partnership with Paul to create Woodcut West. Bristol is recognised worldwide as the UK’s creative hub for natural history and wildlife documentaries and we have known and respected Paul’s work for many years now; he breaks the mould when it comes to producing bold, innovative and immersive programming.”

Kate Beal

Wooding, now MD of Woodcut West, added: “Woodcut shares the same vision and work ethos as I do when it comes to factual production. In the lead-up to this launch, we have been brainstorming numerous ideas and have a number of projects in development that we will be announcing over the coming months. Our combination of editorial expertise and talent base will provide a broad and exciting range of great projects for the broadcasters we all love to work with worldwide.”

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