ABOUT US

Executive Producer Eric Harwood and Clare Jones have teamed up to launch a bespoke production company based in the Regions creating compelling and unforgettable content......

full of 'Heart & Soul'.

 

Our heritage is in producing powerful factual and factual entertainment shows with people and landscape at their heart. With a long list of shows under our belts, including ten walking series, each a ratings hit (ITV series averaging 3.8 million) our ambitions are to tell surprising stories via inspiring journeys.

SOUTH WEST OFFICE

 

Based in Charmouth, Dorset, our South West office is lead by our MD Eric.

ERIC HARWOOD: Executive Producer/Managing Director 

 

Eric is a multi-award-winning TV executive producer with 32 years of network and international TV experience. Former Controller of Programmes and board member of Central TV PLC (ITV), he founded Planet Wild in Liverpool winning RTS Awards for  producing the first world-exclusive interview with Princess Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, months after her death in 1997. He also produced the RTS-award-winning John Lennon Night in 2000 for Channel 4 with Yoko Ono, Bono and Lou Reed before his company was bought by Carlton ITV. 

 

In 2003 he exec produced Emmy-winning doc The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off which was sold to 77 countries and won 20 awards including an Emmy, best documentary at BAFTA and the Royal Television Society Awards. Eric then created the BBC walking brand presented by Julia Bradbury – overseeing 34x30’ episodes of Wainwright, Railway, Canal, Iceland, South Africa and Germany Walks for BBC2 and BBC4. More recently he was a Commissioning editor at Sky Arts and Sky1 and in 2016-17 oversaw two high-rating ITV peak-time series of Best Walks With A View. 

His career began at LWT on The Trail of Lee Harvey Oswald a £4 million ITV/HBO coproduction in 1985, followed by being a reporter-director on the BAFTA-award-winning C4 youth show Network Seven in 1987-88. His first production company Wild & Fresh Productions won the Royal TV Society Documentary series award and Golden Hugo for 1x90’ Summer On The Estate in 1992.

 

Eric was executive producer of Meet The Izzards – a BBC1 travelogue series with Eddie Izzard and oversaw BBC4’s most-watched single film: The Toilet An Unspoken History. In 2018 he oversaw Flying The Great Wall, 1x60’ for Discovery Asia, and in 2019 BBC4 transmitted our 1x90’ A Slow Odyssey: The Great Wall of China, a Slow TV aerial special travelling the length of the Ming Dynasty Great Wall.

NORTH WALES OFFICE

 

Based on the Isle of Anglesey, our North Wales office is lead by our Creative Director Clare.

CLARE JONES: Creative Director, Producer/Director & Writer

 

Clare lives and works in Anglesey and together Eric & Clare have collaborated on TV projects for a decade. Clare kayaked up the sea coast of Canada & Alaska as part of the first UK female team to explore the Inside Passage, has written numerous adventure travel books including the international best selling BBC series of ‘Unforgettable” books and was joint producer-director on four of the BBC walks series - Canal Walks; South Africa Walks; Germany Walks and Iceland Walks.

 

In recent years she has developed and produced an innovative Natural History C4 Features series for Jay Hunt, Wild Things, and has been successful launching several format series under the S4C/Sony Pictures new formats initiative (including Hen Blant Bach / Care Share, which won a Silver award at the New York TV & Film Festival 2018, Celtic Media Award 2018 (Factual Entertainment) & BAFTA Cymru nominated 2017. This was the original TV experiment, which brought pre-school children together with older adults to share their day care. The BBC Wales version of this format  ‘The Toddlers Who Took On Dementia’ recently had over 16 million views for it’s online short.

Clare has led our latest project - My Autistic Big Brother & Me, a 1x40' documentary for BBC Wales in 2019. We worked with ITV's GMB corespondent Mikey Kay to reversion the film he shot over the last 3 years, which tells the heart warming and uplifting story of his severely autistic older brother and his families struggle to keep him from being sectioned and institutionalised. Discovering his brother has an extraordinary talent beyond autism, the film is also a journey into the epic mountains of Snowdonia.

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