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Icon to establish London base

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Night at the Office

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Ode to Icon

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An Animated Office

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Himalayan Encounter

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Increasing Opportunity for Young People

Icon Films talks about National Apprenticeship Week

National apprenticeship week runs from 6th to the 10th of March and is in its 10th year, promoting the positive impact of apprenticeships on businesses and the UK economy. We had a chat with four of our team who have taken the apprenticeship route.

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Icon Recognised in Best Places to Work in TV 2017

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Icon Films appoints Jonny Young to head of specialist factual

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Coming Soon on BBC One Show

Two new films, coming soon. Click to read more.

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Getting ready for Realscreen

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Season’s Greetings from Icon Films!

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Laura Marshall Appointed Pact Council Member

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Nat Geo Brings Back Primal Survivor

US cablenet National Geographic has greenlit a third season of globe-trotting series Primal Survivor.

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Alphie's Thoughts...

An update from our favourite four-legged friend.

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Icon are gearing up for an exciting Wildscreen

See what Icon are up to at 2016's Wildscreen Festival 

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Sky Vision Acquires Rights to Savage Kingdom

Sky Vision acquires international distribution rights to Icon Films and Natural History Film Unit Botswana’s ground breaking natural history series ‘Savage Kingdom’ 

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Educating Rita screening.

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Savage Kingdom: TV by Natural Selection

by Harry Marshall, Creative Director.

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Did Somebody Say Timelapse?

What We See – Showcasing our office space.

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Taxi to Yeti-land

Around the really touristy part of the Himalayas the legend of the yeti is so interwoven with the western reports of the creature that it’s not always easy to separate the honest belief from the tourist tale...

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River Monsters Series 7 returns 12th April 7:30pm

Fresh Water Detective, Biologist and Extreme Anlger Jeremy Wade is breaking the surface and diving into the lairs of aquatic beasts with six brand-new episodes as the hit series returns to ITV1 on Tuesday 12th April 7.30PM with some of the most daring River Monsters expeditions to date.

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College Green - Summer to Winter Timelapse

What We See – Summer into Winter

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Iconic Art Commissioned for 25th Anniversary

To celebrate the company’s silver anniversary, Icon Films has commissioned a brand-new piece of artwork to showcase its 25 years of film and TV production.

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Top 10 Techie Tips from ICB, Amsterdam

To celebrate the company’s silver anniversary, Icon Films has commissioned a brand-new piece of artwork to showcase its 25 years of film and TV production.

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Icon Films sink their teeth into vampire lore for Channel 4 and WNET

Icon Films, has been commissioned by Channel 4 to produce a 1 x 60 England’s Vampires in association with THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET.

Icon Films is to produce ‘England’s Vampires’ a one hour documentary that brings together medieval manuscripts, new archaeological finds and a shocking interview with a real-life vampire slayer shedding light on disturbing rituals from Europe’s past and to show that Dracula’s roots lie in fact not fiction.

In 2004 Professor John Blair from Oxford University, made the connection between folktales from Medieval manuscripts describing rituals to dispatch the walking dead and archaeological finds of disturbed Anglo Saxon graves.  There was a striking similarity between the violent actions performed on the skeletons in the grave and what was described by the texts. Could this be proof that the folktales were real?  Then Professor Blair came across a case of a vampire slaying in modern Romania.  The ritual that the vampire slayer described bore striking similarities to those described by the medieval text. The three pieces of evidence stack up to suggest that in Medieval England there was indeed a belief in Vampires.

The documentary goes on to explore why this belief in vampires may have existed and why people were motivated to perform such gruesome acts on a corpse. 

Channel 4 and THIRTEEN commissioned the documentary, which will be distributed by PBS Distribution

‘Commissioned for Channel 4’s Secret History strand and PBS’s Secrets of the Dead strand, it is exciting to bring together historical and archaeological evidence to shed new light on a part of our history that until now has been little known about and even less understood.  The results make chilling Television’ said Owen Gay, Executive Producer, Icon Films



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Bristol 24/7 If I Knew Then: Laura Marshall

Icon Films, based in offices overlooking College Green, makes a vast range of programmes for television channels across the world, including Animal Planet US, River Monsters, Sandhurst and The One Show.

Managing director Laura Marshall is responsible for the overall strategy of the company, personnel development and marketing. Laura is also heavily involved with media organisations in the city.  She was chair of Bristol Old Vic Trust from 2010 to 2013 and continues to sit on the board, is a member of the Society of the Merchant Venturers, and a governor of the Merchants’ Academy in Withywood.

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Nat Geo Orders Survive the Tribe from Icon Films

National Geographic Channel announces Survive the Tribe, a six-part factual series exploring survival techniques of ancient tribes around the globe, produced by Icon Films.

The series tracks wilderness guide and suvival instructor Hazen Audel as he journeys to some of the world’s most inhospitable places, attempting survival skills that have kept tribal people alive against the odds for thousands of years.  

Locations being visited include the Kalahari Desert, Mongolia and Arctic Canada.

The series is scheduled to begin airing in the U.K. and the U.S. in July, and internationally later in the year.

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Animal Planet Renews River Monsters for 7th Season

Animal Planet’s best-performing series in network history for six consecutive seasons, RIVER MONSTERS, has been renewed for a seventh season.  

The announcement was made at the conclusion of the penultimate epidsode from S6 “Bone Crusher,” which kicked off the network’s third annual MONSTER WEEK and drove monster ratings  for the network. 

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Africa's Giant Killers - A Cameraman's Perspective

Brad Bestelink recounts some of the extraordinary scenes he witnessed filming Africa's Giant Killers for BBCTwo  Natural World 

Richard Uren and I spent two demanding (both physically and mentally) but immensely rewarding years filming in Savute, Botswana. Being able to immerse yourself fully in what was happening only happens in a few select places and only in very particular times.

This is the ultimate confrontation, where the biggest and strongest confront each other to play out the greatest battle found in the wilds of Africa. And when lions hunt elephants, it ignites an unusual sense of horror and desperation. We lived surrounded by these scenes of horror and desperation for so long that we became numb to it, just as we became immune to the smell of death that permeated everything. 

This aritcle first appeared in Broadcast 11th April 2014

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Icon Films heads to Cannes for MIPTV 2014

Laura Marshall, Managing Director, and Lucy Middelboe, Commercial Director, will be attending MIPTV from Monday 7th  to Thursday 10th April.  

They will be joining the  UK Indies Stand, number R8.D11 located in the Riviera 8 Lerins. 

To view a selection of projects from our slate register with the UK Indies website here  


Animal Planet Announce TX Dates for River Monsters Season 6

Extreme Angler Jeremy Wade travels to the Amazon to embark on his longest journey yet in New Season of 'River Monsters'

-- Animal Planet's #1 Series Returns with an all South American Adventure --

-- And in a Rate Encounter, Jeremy Tangles with a Freshwater Foe That Isn't a Fish! --

Animal Planet's best-performing series ever for five years is back, and freshwater detective, biologist and extreme angler Jeremy Wade is taking viewers along on the mysterious adventure of a lifetime.  Six brand-new episdoes of the sixth season of RIVER MONSTERS return on Sunday April 6 at 9pm (ET/PT) with a special two-hour long premiere called 'Amazon Apolcalypse'.  Re-told by witnesses and passengers who survived the sinking of the Sobra Santos, it's a horrid and poignant story of one of the Amazon's largest martitime disasters.  That night, as many as 200 passengers lost their lives, and something in the water is being blamed for many of the deaths.  Wade is hell bent on finding out what it was ... or is. 

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Icon Films is proud to launch our NEW SHOWREEL

Watch it here

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Has A British Scientist Finally Unlocked The Mystery of The Yeti?

New DNA research on hair samples by Professor Bryan Sykes, a leading British geneticist, may reveal the answer to the centuries-old mystery of the Yeti: it is a genetic match to an ancient polar bear.

The results feature in a new Channel 4 documentary series, Bigfoot Files (starts October 20th) presented by Mark Evans, who sets off on a global quest to unlock the real story of Bigfoot.

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Icon Films heads to MIPCOM 2013

Lucy Middelboe, Commercial Director and Owen Gay, Head of Popular Factual will be attending MIPCOM from Sunday 7th  to Thursday 10th October.  

They will be joining the  UK Indies Stand, number LR4.15 located in the Lerins Hall Riviera Seaview Building. 

To view a selection of projects from our slate register with the UK Indies website here  


My Gromit, Gromitasaurus

By Huncan Daskell

The Gromit Unleashed auction takes place this Thursday, 3rd October. It represents the end of a wonderful 10 weeks for Bristol and for me personally it represents the end of a beautiful friendship.

My Gromit, Gromitasaurus, will be Lot 5 in the auction and I will be there on the night hoping to see him find a new home and most importantly raise money for Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal, to support sick children and their families at Bristol Children's Hospital.

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Landing an ob-doc at Animal Airport

Nicholoas Head on Juggling airport -security checks with flamingos and tigers

Observational shooting these days, more often than not, means a one-man, multi-skilled cam-op/soundie/producer/director/AP/researcher /runner doing all jobs simultaneously while carrying all their own kit, collecting release forms and logging as they go.

Now add to that going through full airport-security checks roughly ten times per day, which include removing belts, boots and bags and any metal - and trying not to get run over by a jumbo jet.

It’s all in an average day for the Animal Airport directors as we document the lives of the Heathrow Animal Reception Centre staff who check animals in and out of the country.

This aritcle first appeared in Broadcast 24th September 2013

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The man who hustled Al Capone

By Alexis Conran

I’ve always been interested in the world of gambling and proposition bets – outlandish tales of men who would bet huge amounts of money on anything and everything. Sometimes it would be as simple as guessing how many watermelons were in a truck but at other times it would require tremendous skill. Their physical dedication rivalled that of Olympic athletes and their mental abilities were up there with maths geniuses.

I read all the stories of famous hustlers who lived by their wits, and fell in love with that world, which has found its way into Hollywood movies from Ocean’s 11 to The Sting. And, after makinThe Real Hustle for BBC Three, when the opportunity arose to follow in the footsteps of my idols for Channel 5 in the three-part series Hustling America, I knew it was going to be a very personal journey. The question was would I be good enough to emulate the greatest gamblers of all time?

This article first appeared in The Telegraph Monday 9th September 2013

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Academy Award winning star to promote Bristol in online film series


A series of online films featuring one of the world’s best-loved animated characters, Gromit, will be unveiled from Thursday 30 May, as part of a campaign to promote Bristol as a fabulous summer destination for a short break.

Commissioned by Destination Bristol, the film stars a five-foot sculpture of Gromit, one of 80 making up a major new public art trail called Gromit Unleashed, organised by Aardman Animations with charity partner The Grand Appeal. Each Gromit on the trail, set to hit the streets of Bristol this summer, is being designed by celebrities and artists including illustrator Raymond Briggs, comedian Harry Hill and designer Sir Paul Smith.

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The One Show: Hook Line and Drone

BBC1 Thursday 25th May 2017 7pm

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BBC1 Wednesday 22nd March 7pm

The One Show: The Plane Truth: Poultry in Motion

BBC1 Wednesday 22nd March 7:00PM