Get to know: Maramedia

Maramedia is one of the first recipients of Screen Scotland’s Broadcast Content Fund, which is designed to help the sustainable growth of Scotland’s broadcast sector, encouraging the development of new projects, the scaling up of already successful activities and the production of commissioned programmes.

Maramedia create world-class Natural History content for broadcast across a variety of platforms for international clients, including the BBC, ITVG, PBS, National Geographic, France Televisions and ORF, working with key talent like David Attenborough, Ewan McGregor and David Tennant.

Multi award-winning, Maramedia’s productions have a hallmark of quality – showcasing the natural world in a spectacular way, as well highlighting the issues it faces.

Chatting with Nigel and Jackie

We spoke to Creative Director, Nigel Pope, and Managing Director, Jackie Savery, to hear more about what's happening at Maramedia, which has become Scotland’s largest producer of top-end Natural History since they set up the company in 2010. Nigel Pope and Jackie Savery smile together“We have recently launched our children’s arm – MaraKids - which produced the award-winning Gudrun The Viking Princess series for Cbeebies. Narrated by David Tennant, it was 2018 children’s RTS Scotland award-winner. Series 2 aired in Autumn 2018.”

Other recent productions from Maramedia include Wild Way of the Vikings and Shetland – Scotland’s Viking Frontier. Their critically acclaimed BBC Scotland series, Hebrides – Islands on the Edge, narrated by Ewan McGregor, was nominated for BAFTA, Jackson Hole and Wildscreen awards, winning the prestigious PANDA award for Best Series. Together with its sequel, Highlands – Scotland’s Wild Heart, the two series have been sold in over 100 countries and were nominated for a prime-time Emmy.

“We also recently completed Born to be Wild – a 10-part popular factual series for the new BBC Scotland Channel, and alongside that we are developing a new blue-chip slate and a really exciting kids’ drama which we’ll be making an announcement about in the near future.”

Gudrun the Viking Princess next to a large man holding an owlNigel and Jackie told us about Maramedia’s current project, Stormborn.

“It’s a dramatic blue-chip wildlife series that brings together the wildlife of Scotland, Norway and Iceland in a Game of Thrones style struggle against the elemental powers of the North.”

We asked about Maramedia’s approach to talent development.

“New people that are coming to our genres for the first time are critical to us. We’ve now grown a couple of waves of terrific Natural History and children’s researchers, camera operators and composers that are really making an impact on the international scene.

“We’re aiming to make our productions real hubs of excellence in our two key genres… Our door is always open for anyone who wants to get involved in our genres. We’re lucky in Scotland because the wild environment is so rich that it naturally develops people who are passionate about the Natural World and wild places. It’s those people who we often seek out.”

“We’re aiming to make our productions real hubs of excellence in our two key genres"

“We’re aiming to make our productions real hubs of excellence in our two key genres… Our door is always open for anyone who wants to get involved in our genres. We’re lucky in Scotland because the wild environment is so rich that it naturally develops people who are passionate about the Natural World and wild places. It’s those people who we often seek out.”

Nigel Pope and Jackie Savery, Maramedia

Nigel and Jackie explained how the Broadcast Content Fund supports Maramedia’s work.

Stormborn brings together Blue Ant Media – a major player in the SVoD (Subscription Video on Demand) world through its Love Nature platforms – with BBC Scotland, Screen Scotland and Arte France in a really unique way. Its creative, both in an editorial sense and as a new financing model.

“The Broadcast Content Fund closed the final gap in the finance plan, so it was really important to us and I’m sure we’ll be working with the Screen Scotland team a lot in the future.”

More about Maramedia

Founded in 2008 by Nigel Pope and Jackie Savery, Maramedia is Scotland's leading independent TV production company specialising in wildlife filmmaking.

Learn more about Maramedia on their website at http://www.maramedia.co.uk/ and see Born to be Wild on the new BBC Scotland Channel.