About us

Pioneer Productions is one of the UK's most successful independent production companies. We have an outstanding reputation for producing innovative, high quality, popular programmes for both the UK and US markets, with industry leading expertise in science and history. Our investment in nurturing creative and editorial skills means the company continues to attract the leading on- and off-screen talent. Our passion is to tell factual stories in new and exciting ways.

 

Pioneer Productions is prolific across a broad range of programme genres including history, science, drama-docs, engineering and adventure. The company has made over 700 hours of programming, sold in over 60 countries worldwide. Our critically-acclaimed productions have attracted both high audience viewing figures as well as many prestigious awards. Pioneer's clients include Discovery Channel, PBS, National Geographic Channel, History, ABC, TLC, Discovery Canada, WGBH, WNET, Discovery Europe, Travel Channel, HGTV, and in the UK, Channel 4, Channel 5, the BBC, and ITV.

 

Pioneer Productions has been at the forefront of factual innovations. In the 90s it led the charge into filming the impossible; capturing some of the most extreme weather on our planet in series such as Raging Planet, developing the use of special effects sequences to see inside the human and animal bodies in series such In The Womb, creating pure CGI films such as Journey to the Edge of the Universe and combining life-like CGI into dramas and drama-docs such as The Unsinkable Titanic and Hindenburg.

 

Our recent output ranges from fully dramatised specials like Bloody Queens, an innovative ‘chamber drama’, through high-end science such as How The Universe Works (now in series 5), to adventure and popular science - “Your Face Says It All”.


Pioneer's many awards include numerous Medals - it is the only independent company to win the coveted Best Science film at the Banff TV festival. Pioneer has also won the Grand Award - at the New York Television Festival, a UK Indie award, a Sony award, Cine Golden Eagles, and other prizes in France, Italy, US and Greece. Our shows have also won prestigious awards at the Emmys and the Royal Television Society.

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