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WINGSPAN'S wingspan extends to history, science, arts, music, religion, celebrity travelogue, observational documentary, current affairs, popular factual, and formatted factual entertainment. WINGSPAN is dedicated to rigorous journalism, clear, sharp story-telling and entertaining, witty and accessible treatment of its subject matter.

WINGSPAN was founded in 2008 by Archie Baron, who co-ran Takeaway Media for 10 years and had previously been an in-house BBC producer/director and series producer. Archie and the accomplished film-makers who work at Wingspan have made many award-winning British and international documentaries.

A busy 2013 has seen WINGSPAN make Don't Panic – The Truth about Population for BBC Two, Swedish academic superstar Hans Rosling's most ambitious and entertaining show ever; Cathedrals for BBC Four, described in the trails as 'a fly on the wall in the house of God'; and Professor Dave Cliff doing for Logic what Profs Spiegelhalter and Rosling previously did for Chance and Stats. A new BBC Two series with Ian Hislop will be broadcast early in 2014.

Productions in a packed, prolific 2012 included Ian Hislop's Stiff Upper Lip for BBC Two, a cultural history of Brits and their emotions which averaged 2.3 million on BBC Two the latest collaboration between WINGSPAN and the Private Eye editor, and Networks of Power, a six-part series for Sky Atlantic shot in six great world cities presented by Sir Christopher Meyer.

WINGSPAN projects have begun to pick up a string of awards, nominations and industry recognition. The Joy of Stats with Hans Rosling won the Grierson 2011 Award for Best Science/ Natural History documentary. This clip from the film was an unlikely viral sensation (topping the Youtube Xmas charts) and is one of the most viewed clips from a BBC programme of all-time.

Ian Hislop: When Bankers Were Good, a follow-up to WINGSPAN's critically acclaimed, high-rating series for BBC Two Ian Hislop's Age of the Do-Gooders, won the Merit Award at the Sandford St Martin Awards in 2011. The following year Angelic Voices, a feature-length portrait of the Choristers of Salisbury Cathedral, was shortlisted for the same award. The Radio Times thought it 'unmissable, exquisite and surprisingly moving'. Meanwhile, Richard Alwyn's trilogy of ob doc films about Catholics in Britain was shortlisted as Best Documentary Series for a 2012 Grierson.

Other recent successes include The Pendle Witch Child with Simon Armitage, an innovative combination of animation and presenter-led Specialist Factual. The Times called it 'Brilliant…. If ever a programme could make the case for a channel this was it. Not just the strength of Armitage's performance but also the sheer originality of the presentation.'

WINGSPAN's first production was Ian Hislop's Changing of the Bard, a history of the poet laureateship, hailed as 'funny, intelligent, informed and provocative' by The Times. Getting Our Way, Sir Christopher Meyer's insider's history series on British Diplomacy, won similar plaudits. The Mail dubbed it 'an unmissable champagne treat of a show.'

WINGSPAN welcomes strong, rigorous, focused ideas with scope for commission within the British or international broadcasting landscape.