Bad Wolf expands senior management team – Emily Russell to join as Director of Production

Bad Wolf today announces the appointment of Emily Russell as Director of Production – a newly-created senior management role within the group responsible for all production and related activities at the Sony Pictures Television-backed indie and its subsidiaries.

The creation of this new position highlights Bad Wolf’s ambitions for growth and Emily will oversee the company’s slate of commissions – filmed at its Cardiff studio base, Wolf Studios Wales and on location.

Previously Director of Production and Executive Producer at New Pictures, Emily was responsible for scripted projects including No Escape, Champion, The Long Shadow and Dalgliesh for which she also acted as Executive Producer.  Prior to this she was production executive at Mammoth Screen where she worked on The Serpent, War of The Worlds and Endeavour as well supporting other projects in development.

Working closely with CEO Jane Tranter, Director of Content, Dan McCulloch, Acting COO / Director of Finance Mary Furlong and Head of Business Affairs Beth Wylie  – the new role will support the creative strategic direction of the company and oversee all aspects of the company’s growing slate of productions.

Director of Content, Dan McCulloch, said: “Emily’s track record in large scale drama production makes her the perfect person for this role. She has built her career up, from the production office to the very top of the industry – her dedication and expertise to production has seen some of the best quality UK TV drama has to offer. As Bad Wolf moves into a new period of expansion and growth, we wanted someone experienced and ambitious for this new role who understands the DNA of high-end TV drama to build the production slate and be part of the management team to create, innovate and oversee expansion into new areas for the business. We’re genuinely excited to have her join us at BAD WOLF.

Emily Russell said: “It’s with great excitement that I’m taking on this new role at Bad Wolf – it’s an incredibly exciting time at a company I have huge respect for and I’m looking forward to working with Jane Tranter, Dan McCulloch and the rest of the team as part of Bad Wolf’s next stage of growth.  New Pictures was a great time to expand my expertise in UK and abroad, working on shows of all scales for US and UK broadcasters, but I’m pleased to be leaving the company in such strong health and look forward to new challenges in my role.”

Since its launch in 2015 Bad Wolf has expanded to produce over 70 hours of high-end drama for HBO, BBC, SKY, ITV, DISNEY+, AMC and MGM+

Over the last 12 months Bad Wolf has produced six major drama series: His Dark Materials and I Hate Suzie Too were broadcast to widespread acclaim, while The Winter King, Industry S3, Red Eye and Doctor Who are in various stages of production for broadcast across the world, in 2023 and 2024.

Wolf Studios Wales is the largest studio complex run by an Independent Production Company in the UK.  It has been home to three seasons of His Dark Materials and A Discovery of Witches and is now currently in production with Doctor Who for BBC Studios / Disney+ and Industry for HBO/BBC.

The facility offers 125,000 ft of studio space and 6 stages with office space, edit rooms, and costume and prop storage and is committed to becoming fully accessible by 2030 at the latest and is an Albert Sustainable Studio, with carbon footprint reduction at its heart.

In December 2021 Sony Pictures Television acquired a majority stake in Bad Wolf to become partners in the company’s next phase of international growth.