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19
Nov

The Wall Street Journal has announced its top ten shows for Fall 2014 and How We Got To Now with Steven Johnson is one of only three non-fiction shows to appear.

Other shows included The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, BBC’s The Missing and Transparent.

The full article can be found here

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31
Oct

Former C4 commissioner joins Nutopia

Jane Root’s indie Nutopia has hired former Channel 4 commissioner Katie Boyd as it prepares for a push into features and formats.

The production company, which has offices in the UK and US, has named Boyd as executive producer. She has been hired following a short stint at London Live, which she joined in June before the local TV broadcaster rowed back on its original entertainment commissioning.

Boyd joined C4 in 2010 from Endemol and went on to order series including Mr Drew’s School for Boys, Superscrimpers and Sarah Beeny-fronted Double Your House For Half Your Money.

At Nutopia, she will be responsible for beefing up its features and formats slate as it bids to secure more returning series, following shows such as its pregnancy doc for Sky Living, She’s Having A Baby

Boyd said that it was a “great privilege” to join Nutopia and work for the “prestigious” Root.

Separately, the indie has hired Simon Willgoss as head of development.

Willgoss has previously worked with Nutopia on series including Sky Atlantic’s The British for and Nat Geo’s The 80s: The Decade That Made Us. He was most recently head of development at Dreamboys producer CB Films.

He will work alongside Lee McNulty, who has been promoted from deputy head of development to in-house producer.

McNulty has previously worked on series including Mankind: The Story of All of Us as well as Wall to Wall’s Who Do You Think You Are? and Love Productions’ The Great British Bake Off.

Root said Nutopia had a raft of new shows due to air over the next 12 months.

“It’s great to have such a talented team in place, who I know will bring fantastic ideas and experience to Nutopia, I am looking forward to be working with them all,” she said.

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15
Oct

On the eve of the premiere of How We Got To Now on PBS The New York Times have reviewed the series,

“It’s an exceedingly watchable history lesson, and all in support of his central thesis, which he  articulates in “Cold” thus: “We make our ideas, and they make us in return.”

To read the full article click here

How We Got To Now airs tonight at 9pm & 10pm EST on PBS

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25
Sep

From Steven Johnson, the best-selling author of Where Good Ideas Come From, comes How We Got to Now,the companion book to his six-part TV series, which tracks the surprising inspirations and unexpected consequences of the most influential innovations.

If you would like to get your hands on a copy click here 

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2
Sep

Nutopia are very excited to announce that Allyson Mandelbaum has joined the company as Director of US Development. Allyson will be based in New York and will work closely with Jane Root on developing US mega-docs and returnable series.

Read the full announcement in Broadcast here

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8
Jul

The 6th July, 14 saw the premiere episode of Nutopia & Nat Geo’s three-part series The ’90s: The Last Great Decade? which unpacks the relatively peaceful decade wedged between the end of the Cold War and our volatile post-9/11 reality. The show features explosive interviews such as one with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, who grants her first televised interview in 10 years and admits she was a “virgin to humiliation” until details of her relationship with Bill Clinton were made public.

To find out what Nutopia’s CEO, Jane Root had to say in an interview with Realscreen click here

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5
Jun

Published on 04 June 2014

BBC Worldwide’s Indie format adaptation, Har Ghar Kuch Kehta Hai, was awarded the Silver award for Best Use of Branded Content at the Media Abby Award show at Goafest 2014 which took place last week. The show was produced by BBC Worldwide India for its client, Madison Media Infinity.

Har Ghar Kuch Kehta Hai is the Hindi version of UK Indie, Nutopia’s format of The House That Made Me and is hosted by Indian actor and presenter, Vinay Pathak. The series takes celebrities from different walks of life to the homes and people that influenced them to unravel some of their most cherished memories. The series is sponsored by Asian Paints.
Goafest is recognised as a platform that promotes communication excellence as well as the exchange of ideas across the advertising, marketing and media fraternity. This is the 7th year that The Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) and The Advertising Club have come together to deliver the Abby Awards.

More on the Abbys here – http://theadvertisingclub.net/

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22
Apr

Nutopia’s production for PBS, How We Got To Now, is receiving a $250,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to launch an “Innovation Hub” to coincide with the TV Show’s premiere in October.

“Carol Coletta, the foundation’s vice president for community and national initiatives, said the project was intended “to engage the audience in a conversation about how you make places that more effectively share and spread ideas.” The project will also include live events.”

Find the full article here

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4
Mar

Just Announced!

“Nutopia is developing Europe: The Story of Us for ZDF Enterprises. The Story of Us is an epic TV event that tells the history of a country or continent through reenactments, CGI and interviews with important men and women. The format has already been done with success in the U.S. and U.K., and is currently being made in Australia. There’s also a global version, Mankind: The Story of All of Us.”

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24
Feb

This weekend Nutopia’s CEO Jane Root talked to the Guardian about BBC2 turning 50 in April 2014.

“BBC2’s former controller Jane Root, in charge between 1999 and 2004, characterised it as the “difficult middle child”. At the channel’s core was “a mission to innovate and surprise and try new things, to bring new flavours into the mainstream”, she added.”

Find the full article here: http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/feb/21/bbc2-winter-olympics-janice-hadlow

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