Huge news for Nutopia!

8 Jun 2017


Emmy Award-Winning Television Producer Nutopia Expands into Feature Docs

Oscar-nominated Roast Beef Productions brings its experience in International Feature Docs to Television

The international filmmakers, Roast Beef Productions, behind such celebrated feature documentaries as AFGHAN STAR, HELL AND BACK AGAIN, PUSSY RIOT: A PUNK PRAYER and THE RUSSIAN WOODPECKER are joining international production company Nutopia in their newly expanded central London office to form an ambitious new creative partnership.  Nutopia are producers of critically and commercially successful knowledge-led television programming like AMERICA: THE STORY OF US, FINDING JESUS, THE 80’s: THE DECADE THAT MADE US and HOW WE GOT TO NOW.

The deal will see two of the world’s leading innovative content producers become a unique creative home for first-class directorial and producing talent, developing both feature and television projects—long-form, short-form and new hybrid models with scale for international markets.

Led by Academy Award®-nominated producer Mike Lerner, the Roast Beef team includes Martin Herring, Havana Marking and Janet Knipe. The company’s credits include the Oscar-nominated HELL AND BACK AGAIN, THE RUSSIAN WOODPECKER, which received Grand Jury Awards at Sundance, and THE SQUARE, which won an Oscar nomination and the International Documentary Association’s best feature award.  Roast Beef’s latest production, Lana Wilson’s THE DEPARTURE, recently premiered at TRIBECA and will have its European premiere at the Sheffield Doc Fest (Friday 9th June).

Nutopia, led by chief executive Jane Root, has enjoyed international acclaim in creating premium television content that changes our view of the world, including the Emmy Award-winning series AMERICA: THE STORY OF US.  The company, represented by CAA, has 42 hours of programming in North America alone this year on such networks as NGC, History, Netflix, CNN and PBS.  Upcoming projects include the eagerly anticipated CIVILISATIONS for BBC/PBS and ONE STRANGE ROCK for NGC in association with Darren Aronofsky and Protozoa Pictures.

Jane Root, Founder and CEO of Nutopia said: “After eight years of pioneering the mega-doc, and bringing new scale and ambition to the factual documentary space, I can’t wait to join forces with these world-leading documentarians to create a whole new range of highly ambitious premium documentary projects. It is a perfect time in the market to bring a new editorial scale and vision. I know and respect Mike and his team a great deal and am excited to begin collaborating with them.”  Previously, Root was President of Discovery Network and Controller at BBC2.

Mike Lerner of Roast Beef Productions added: “Throughout my 30-year career in film making, Jane Root has been an inspirational figure and we are all thrilled to now be working alongside her and her wonderful team to become the home for world-class documentary filmmakers.”


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