London – Tuesday 23rd August 2016 – UK based Woodcut Media and Duchess Street Productions (both part of the Bob & Co investment portfolio of businesses) have secured the services of Nicholas Yearwood, a founding member of Idris Elba’s production company Green Door Pictures.


Effective immediately, he will work as a Consultant Executive Producer for both companies, developing scripted and non-scripted programming, as well as continuing to develop his own independent projects for various established and emerging off-screen talent.  


Prior to setting up as a consultant, Yearwood was at Green Door Pictures which launched in 2014. During his tenure he operated as Executive Producer, as well as Head of Development.  He was responsible for executive producing a variety of non-scripted programming including the Sky series Ones to Watch, the Idris Elba directed short, Beats of the Beautiful Game, as well as documentary films such as Mandela My Dad and Me, directed by BAFTA award-winning Daniel Vernon.


“It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to drive the growth of Green Door Pictures for nearly three amazing years.  With the company firmly established and in rude health, I feel now is the right time to explore a variety of interesting and exciting opportunities elsewhere. Following two successful co-productions with Woodcut, I’m delighted to be continuing that relationship and look forward to further developments with Duchess Street,” commented Nicholas Yearwood.


“In recent years we have developed a fantastic rapport with Nicholas whilst working together on docs such as Mandela, My Dad and Me, and Cut From A Different Cloth. His creative vision and production values are aligned with Woodcut’s, and we look forward to his collaboration on various upcoming projects,” said Kate Beal, CEO, Woodcut Media.


“We are proud to support new and diverse talent, and look forward to working with Nicholas on some high-end original ideas with both established and newer talent. We are confident his creative flare and confidence in storytelling will prove invaluable,” said Donna Wiffen, Managing Director, Duchess Street Productions.

About Woodcut Media:

With offices in London and Hampshire, Woodcut Media, a member of the family of Bob & Co businesses, is one of the fastest growing indies in the UK producing a broad range of factual programming. In addition to being one of the leading true crime producers in the UK (Holloway: Women Behind Bars, The Krays: The Prison Years and Murder Casebook), Woodcut Media’s rapidly growing catalogue also includes specialist factual series (Defenders of the Sky and Combat Trains),premium one off docs (The Ivy, Cut From A Different Cloth and Mandela, My Dad and Me featuring Idris Elba) and factual entertainment shows (Around the World in 80 Tricks and Animal Antics). Woodcut Media’s operations are spearheaded by leading doc producer Kate Beal, alongside former BBC exec Derren Lawford as Creative Director and former Lion TV founder Jeremy Mills as Chairman.


About Duchess Street Productions:

UK based Duchess Street Productions (also a member of the Bob & Co family of businesses which invests, develops and produces content across a wide portfolio of media) was established in 2014.  Driven by the desire to create ambitious, distinctive programmes, Duchess Street has established key creative partnerships by building on Bob & Co’s position as a reputed business advisor, and specialises in the development and production of high-end original drama and dramatic adaptations for the UK and international market. The company’s operations are managed by leading industry executive Donna Wiffen, whose impressive track record over the years includes positions such as Head of Worldwide Drama for FremantleMedia, as well as Head of Drama production at both Endemol and Talkback Thames.