Bad Wolf (production company)

Bad Wolf is a British television production company founded by Julie Gardner and Jane Tranter in 2015, with its headquarters in Cardiff, Wales.[1][2] The company is responsible for the television series The Night Of, Beddgelert, A Discovery of Witches, and His Dark Materials.

Bad Wolf Ltd.
TypePrivate Limited Company
Founded2015; 6 years ago (2015)
FounderJulie Gardner
Jane Tranter
HeadquartersCardiff, Wales, UK
Key people
Julie Gardner
Jane Tranter


The company was founded in 2015 by former BBC executives Julie Gardner and Jane Tranter after leaving BBC Worldwide.[3] During their time at the BBC, they worked with Russell T Davies on the 2005 relaunch of Doctor Who, which was made in Wales.[4] The company name is a homage to the "Bad Wolf" storyline from the relaunched series. In 2015, it signed a first look deal with HBO.[5]

In 2017, the company opened a new film and television studio in Cardiff, named Wolf Studio Wales.[6] That same year, Bad Wolf's first production, The Night Of,[7] was nominated for thirteen Emmys, of which it won five.[8] Later that year, they also received investment from European media conglomerate Sky Group and American network HBO in return for minority stakes in the company.[9]

The first episode of Bad Wolf's His Dark Materials was watched by approximately seven million people, making it the biggest new British series in over five years.[10]

In April 2020, Bad Wolf announced that they were working on a new series starring Billie Piper (who previously appeared in Doctor Who) called I Hate Suzie.[11][12]

In September 2021, BBC Studios announced that Bad Wolf would become co-producer of Doctor Who in 2023, with Davies returning as showrunner.[13]


Television seriesEdit

Year Title Creator(s) Co-production(s)
2016 The Night Of Steven Zaillian
Richard Price
BBC Worldwide
2017 Beddgelert Medeni Griffiths
2018–present A Discovery of Witches Deborah Harkness
2019–present His Dark Materials Philip Pullman New Line Cinema
2020–present Industry Konrad Kay
Mickey Down
I Hate Suzie Lucy Prebble
Billie Piper
2023 Doctor Who Sydney Newman
C.E. Webber
Donald Wilson
BBC Studios


  1. ^ "BAD WOLF LTD". Companies House. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Bad Wolf Cardiff Creative". Cardiff Creative. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  3. ^ Plunkett, John (27 July 2015). "BBC executives behind Doctor Who comeback set up production company". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  4. ^ Barraclough, Leo (27 July 2015). "Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner, BBC Execs Behind 'Doctor Who,' Launch Bad Wolf (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  5. ^ Barraclough, Leo (3 November 2015). "HBO Partners with Production Company Bad Wolf (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  6. ^ Ravindran, Manori (16 May 2017). "NEWS Bad Wolf opens major film and television studio in Wales". Screen Daily. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  7. ^ "The Night Of". Bad Wolf. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  8. ^ "The complete list of 2017 Emmy winners and nominees". Los Angeles Times. 18 September 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  9. ^ "Sky and HBO advance production partnership with investment in Bad Wolf". Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  10. ^ "His Dark Materials is most watched new show in five years". The Independent. 5 November 2019. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  11. ^ "When is Billie Piper's Sky drama I Hate Suzie on TV?". Radio Times. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  12. ^ "Billie Piper will lead the cast of new Sky original drama I Hate Suzie". Radio Times. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  13. ^ Yossman, K. J.; Yossman, K. J. (24 September 2021). "'Doctor Who' Showrunner Russell T. Davies to Return for Next Season". Variety. Retrieved 24 September 2021.

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