Sam Barcroft


Barcroft goes D2C with TV app

UK-based factual prodco Barcroft Productions is leaping on the success of its YouTube channel by going direct-to-consumer with free TV app. This will comprise with 700 episodes of Barcroft programming – the company’s entire catalogue – and third party content at launch. The Barcroft TV app will offer its in-house content exclusively for 24 hours […]

Barcroft hires ex-Maverick, Zinc execs

UK-based Barcroft Productions has added heads of development and production – a move CEO Sam Barcroft says “completes the jigsaw” of its management team. Paul Woolf has been named development chief at the London-based prodco, which is part of the Barcroft Media group. Woolf was most recently director of development at All3Media-owned Maverick Television, where […]

Barcroft adds execs after Channel 4 investment

UK-based digital content business Barcroft Media has hired execs from News UK and Bloomberg for new senior editorial and commercial posts. Dom Smith, a former FHM Australia editor and FHM managing editor, has become head of editorial and will oversee the flow of content to the Barcroft video business, which has one of the UK’s […]

Channel 4 buys into Barcroft

Channel 4 has bought a stake in multiplatform content company Barcroft. The UK broadcaster has set up a £20 million (US$28.5 million) Growth Fund to invest in UK content companies and has bought into several indies. This is the first Growth Fund investment in a company that has an extensive presence in the digital space […]

TV’s Big Questions: have direct-to-consumer services affected the market?

Many believe 2015 was the year traditional pay TV broadcasters finally accepted they would need to go over-the-top to gain the dollars of the binge-watching, ‘cord-nevers’ generation. Here senior executive offer analysis on how this new trend has changed the market. The announcement of the launch of HBO Now was hailed as a watershed moment […]

Going (digital) native

Why are television’s biggest groups spending millions of dollars on YouTube talent-focused multichannel networks? Jesse Whittock speaks with key players to build a picture of this emerging ecosystem and identify where the digital dollars are coming from. Research released this summer suggested the top 100 YouTube multichannel networks are worth nearly US$10 billion, with the […]

Endemol Beyond USA, Barcroft go OTT

Digital-first businesses Endemol Beyond USA and Barcroft Media have launched separate direct-to-consumer video platforms. Endemol Beyond USA, part of the Endemol Shine Group, has partnered with TV tech firm Piksel to create its owned-and-operated platform, GetBeyond.US. UK-based Barcroft has also launched its own free-to-watch platform, Barcroft.TV, which will focus on ‘the amazing side of life’. […]

C5 finds Boy with the World’s Biggest Hands

UK broadcaster Channel 5 has commissioned a one-off documentary about a boy born whose rare medical condition has made his hands grow to huge proportions. The Boy with the World’s Biggest Hands comes from Barcroft Productions, and will follow eight-year-old Indian child Mohammed Kaleem, who has macrodactyly, or local gigantism. This condition has led to […]

Blue chip to new chip: natural history with bite

Stewart Clarke speaks to commissioners, producers, distributors and digital pioneers about their efforts to reimagine the natural history genre. Alastair Fothergill is the embodiment of blue-chip, making landmark series for the BBC and films for Disney Nature, but he is now seeking to reinvent the genre, out of necessity as much as anything. “When I […]

‘Digital natives should replace ‘Millennials’

The CEO of British factual prodco Barcroft Media has warned delegates here in Cannes focusing on the term ‘Millennial’ is “totally useless”, as the phrase is effectively a “panic button” with no unified meaning for producers. Sam Barcroft said on a panel session at MIPDoc yesterday producers and broadcasters were better off using the phrase ‘digital natives’ […]