World Media Rights is one of the leading factual programme producers in the UK. It has completed 945 programmes.
WMR started trading in 2007. It now supplies factual series to fifty five countries around the world and its programmes are regularly seen on Discovery (in the USA and the UK), UKTV’s Yesterday channel, Planete (in France) and ZDF and Spiegel TV (in Germany), CCTV 9 in China and on i-tunes and Netflix.
WMR makes action adventure series, with lots of dramatic reconstruction. Series like The Mafia’s Greatest Hits, Hitler’s Circle of Evil and Black Ops (now on its third series). We have also made some landmark archive series like World War Two in HD Colour. That series was nominated for a BAFTA.
WMR is jointly owned by ZDFE, the commercial arm of Germany’s state broadcaster ZDF, and WMR’s management and staff.
WMR’s partnership with ZDF has increased its development slate and moved it into areas like drama and factual entertainment. The new share structure of WMR also allows the company to attract established talent from other independent production companies.
The CEO is Alan Griffiths, who created BBC News online. From 1990 to 1995 he was Editor of Business Programmes at the BBC and then from 1995 Head of Online at BBC News. From 1997 he ran the digital consultancy operation of Chime Communications plc. He set up World Media Rights in 2007.
The Creative Director is David McNab. David has executive produced many programmes for the BBC, Channel 4, Discovery and Nat Geo. Credits for the BBC include ‘The Hidden Life of the Cell’ and ‘The Planets’. For Channel 4 he made the award winning ‘In the Shadow of the Moon’. David ran Wide Eyed Entertainment from 2009 – 2012 where he created Dark Matters for Discovery Science and The Great American Manhunt, a factual entertainment series, for Nat Geo.
The Finance Director is Suzanne Clarke. Suzanne has a background in media including Head of Accounts for Frank Warren’s pay tv boxing channel Boxnation. She was founder and CFO of her own e-learning company, World Academy.tv, based out of Australia. She is also an ambassador for Women’s empowerment movements in both South Africa and Australia.
Val Campbell is Head of Production. She was previously Head of Production at Ronachan Films – overseeing programmes for HBO, PBS, Discovery and the BBC. She has also been Head of Production for EOS Films, Yipp Films and Blink Films.