Lion Television announces Daniel Pearl as new Creative Director

  • Date: 10th October 2023

Lion Television, the award-winning producer of specialist and premium factual content, has appointed Daniel Pearl as its new Creative Director.   


Daniel joins from Paramount where he was Commissioning Editor of Unscripted for Paramount+ and Channel 5.  He has previously held a number of senior roles at the BBC and Channel 4. 


During his career Daniel has produced and commissioned some of the highest profile and and most popular factual programmes, from the Emmy-Award winning Leaving Neverland: Michael Jackson & Me, to the highest ever factual series on Channel 5 - Our Yorkshire Farm. Daniel has developed and launched a large number of premium factual series as well as new popular formats and has played a pivotal role in bringing top presenting talent to Channel 5, from Jeremy Vine and Dan Walker, through to Jay Blades and Lucy Worsley. Previously he was Editor of Channel 4’s Dispatches strand and Deputy Editor of the BBC’s Panorama, Newsnight and Ten O’clock News. He was also Editor of the BBC’s first ever Prime Ministerial debate. 


Richard Bradley, co-founder and CCO of Lion Television said: “We are delighted Daniel is joining the team here at Lion. His track record in unscripted programming is outstanding and he has amazing editorial and creative judgement.  It makes for perfect synergy with our continued focus on creating high quality compelling stories which celebrate the human and natural world.” 

Daniel said: “I am thrilled to be joining Richard Bradley and his extraordinary team. Lion has a global reputation as a producer of some of the world’s most popular, intelligent programming and is perfectly positioned for the current demand for new and exciting unscripted franchises.” 


Joint MDs of Lime Pictures and Lion Television, Kate Little and Claire Poyser said: “We are so excited Daniel is joining Lion TV.  He is a hugely talented, admired and respected creative with a wealth of both commissioning and producing experience.  We very much look forward to seeing the new collaboration with Richard and the team.” 




About Lion Television: 

Lion is one of the industry’s leading producers of factual television and content. With bases in London, New York and Glasgow and particular experience in Asia, Lion have been making multi- Emmy, BAFTA, RTS award-winning shows for the last 25 years. At Lion, we produce for the world’s biggest broadcasters and content providers including Netflix, BBC, Microsoft, National Geographic, Channel 4, PBS, Sky and Smithsonian.   


Recent series include the multi-BAFTA award winning; Horrible Histories (BBC), Sexy Beasts (Netflix), Arctic From Above (Sky/ NBCU), Mary Beard’s Forbidden Art (BBC2), Homes Under the Hammer (BBC), and Inside the Tower of London (C5). Lion also has a stellar track-record in documentaries including Secrets of The Saqqara Tomb (one of Netlfix’s Top 5 documentaries) and Stolen (BBC’s highly commended Art heist series).  


Lion is currently in production with a raft of hard-fought access documentaries tackling subjects from the global food industry to archaeology in war zones, natural history in the Caribbean and the latest work of Mary Beard.    


Lion Television is part of All3 Media, with joint MDs Kate Little and Claire Poyser overseeing Lime Pictures, Lion Televison and Wise Owl Films. 


About Lime Pictures: 

Lime Pictures, with bases in Liverpool, London and Los Angeles, produces world-class, cutting-edge programming, covering a wide range of genres from reality drama, through to kids scripted to Channel 4’s multi-award-winning daily soap, Hollyoaks.  With more than 30 years’ experience in producing content for global audiences, it produces for all platforms, both linear and VOD, and has played a pioneering role in the launch of new formats as well as using television as a way of on-screen storytelling, and as an off-screen platform, to communicate with a younger audience.    
Lime Pictures’ extensive catalogue of programming includes worldwide Netflix hits Dance Monsters, Zero Chill and double Emmy award-winning Free Rein, Hollyoaks for Channel 4 and the BAFTA award-winning reality series The Only Way Is Essex for ITVX.  Productions for MTV include Geordie Shore (the highest rated series outside of North America), Geordie OGs, True Love or True Lies, Love at First Lie: Who’s A Couple And Who’s A Con and Are You The One? UK.  Lime Pictures also produces E4’s highly successful Celebs Go Dating as well as ITVX’s Georgia and Tommy: Baby Steps. 


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