21 - 24 JUNE 2021 / EDITION N°32

Bill Locke

International Coproduction

Bill Locke

International Coproduction
Lion Television


About me: Since joining Lion over 20 years ago (!) Bill has made programmes on everything from the birth of Athenian Democracy to the Eurovision Song Contest.

Now, as Director of Specialist Factual he focuses on history, science, archaeology, arts and documentary for broadcasters all over the world – covering diverse subjects from Chinese Emperors to Syrian schoolchildren, newly discovered fossils to Vincent van Gogh’s ear; in styles from drama-documentary to presenter led investigations, studio competitions to observational documentaries, living-history to full animation.

Bill is very experienced at working on co-productions – in the last five years he has made films for BBC, C4, ITV, Five, ARTE, History Channel, National Geographic, Smithsonian, PBS, TRT (Turkey), Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation and CCTV10.

Over the last decade Bill has developed considerable expertise in making productions with Chinese partners for international broadcast

Company profile: Lion Television was founded in 1997 and is one of the most successful television production companies in the UK.
Lion’s strengths include everything from ambitious science and history shows to entertainment formats, daytime and international co-productions. Lion makes programmes for all UK terrestrial channels as well as SVODs, cable, satellite and network for UK, US and international broadcasters. The company has more than 200 production staff at its London, Glasgow and New York bases. Lion is noted for its strong relations with international broadcasters in Europe, Asia and the United States. It has received many awards, including the US Academy of Sciences, British Archaeological Associaton, RTS, BAFTA, Emmy, Learning on Screen etc.

Areas of expertise: executive producer and director – history, science, archaeology, arts, documentaries, co-productions, international (extensive China expertise)