Archie BaronCreative Director, Wingspan Productions
Archie founded London-based factual indie Wingspan Productions in 2008.Show more +
Since Archie founded Wingspan in 2008, it has been renowned for singular, innovative and entertaining blue-chip factual programming in history, science, music and arts, current affairs and ob doc. It has won multiple awards for titles as varied as ‘Our Gay Wedding-The Musical’ (for C4), ‘The Joy of Stats’ and ‘Don’t Panic-The Truth about Population’ (for BBC) and pioneering AI experiment ‘Computer Says Show’ (for Sky). Wingspan has made all Ian Hislop’s BBC documentaries for the last decade – from ‘Ian Hislop’s Scouting for Boys’ to his recent films on welfare and immigration. Wingspan won the 2017 BBC tender round to produce Horizon documentaries for the BBC along with BBC Studios and one other indie. Archie execs or co-execs all Wingspan’s output.
Before Wingspan, Archie founded and co-ran Takeaway Media, having spent the first 12 years of his career at the BBC, working mainly as a director and series producer in Current Affairs, Documentaries and History.
As a director, Archie has won awards and nominations for films as varied as ‘Joanna Lumley in the Land of the Northern Lights’, ‘Motherland-A Genetic Journey’, ‘Alexander Solzhenitsyn – the Homecoming’ and the Ian Hislop episode from the format-defining first series of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Archie’s book, ‘An Indian Affair – From Riches to Raj’, charts the relationship between Britain and India before 1857.
Archie is serving a third term on Pact Council.
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