Television executive Jane Tranter receives honorary degree from University of South Wales

Critically acclaimed television producer Jane Tranter has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the University of South Wales (USW) this week.

Jane, who co-founded and is the CEO of the Cardiff-based production company Bad Wolf, received the honorary award at a graduation ceremony at the International Convention Centre Wales (ICC Wales) on Wednesday 11 January.

Considered to be one of the industry’s most respected and celebrated television executives and a recipient of the BAFTA Special Award for her contribution to television, Jane previously served as the BBC’s Head of Fiction and was Executive Vice-President for Programming and Production at BBC Worldwide.

In 2005, she oversaw the hugely popular revival – and relocation to Cardiff – of Doctor Who. In 2015, she co-founded Cardiff-based production company Bad Wolf with Welsh television producer Julie Gardner, and it is now the largest UK production company outside of London, producing series such as BAFTA award-winning His Dark Materials and the critically acclaimed Sky series I Hate Suzie.

In 2018, Jane also founded Screen Alliance Wales – a unique, not-for-profit company based in Cardiff’s Wolf Studios that acts as a gateway between the film and TV industry and its workforce, putting education and training at the heart of TV production, and taking training out into schools, colleges and communities across Wales.

Tom Ware, Associate Dean, Media Transformation and Partnerships at USW, said: “We’re proud to say that USW was the first institution to partner with Screen Alliance Wales and, over the last five years, we have seen the direct benefits of that partnership, with hundreds of our students enjoying access to masterclasses, training, workshops, set visits and work placements on some of the biggest drama series in the world. Of the 30,000 students and school pupils that Screen Alliance Wales has supported through their programmes, many have gone on to change the face of the screen industries for the better.

“Screen Alliance Wales is the representation of Jane’s commitment to the future of television – an industry that, like her, understands that it can only become more inclusive, more diverse and more equal through creating opportunities for people from all backgrounds. These are values that we at USW are proud to support and to share.”

Speaking at the graduation ceremony on Wednesday, Jane said: “It is a genuine honour to receive this Honorary Fellowship from the University of South Wales. At Bad Wolf, we have all learned a huge amount from our partnership with USW and the students and academics there. So, while I am incredibly proud to have been recognised in this way, I would like to share this with the 32,000 people who have been part of the Screen Alliance Wales training and outreach initiative over the last five years. We really have learned a great deal from them all and hope that this talent pool continues to grow, allowing continued investment in the creative industries in Wales.”