Green Bay Media is an award-winning independent production company, making blue-chip programming in drama, documentary and the arts, for audiences across the UK and internationally.
Green Bay was established in Cardiff in 2001 by Phil George and John Geraint. It has worked in the UK and internationally with leading broadcasters, including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, S4C, Yesterday, the History Channel, National Geographic and France Télévisions.
Green Bay's very first programme, Do Not Go Gentle, a celebration of Dylan Thomas’ great poem, was nominated for the ‘Olympics of television’, the 2002 Banff Rockies awards alongside series like The West Wing, Band of Brothers and Blue Planet.
Green Bay has produced network and international History series; observational series on the world about us; definitive profiles of world leaders in Architecture, Business, Ecology, Science and Theology; Arts films about key British and European figures; performance specials in classical and sacred Music; cutting-edge Science; Children’s factual; and period and contemporary Drama.
In 2012, Green Bay made the BBC’s landmark history of the nation, The Story of Wales with Huw Edwards. The series achieved the highest audience appreciation score across the whole BBC network over an 18-month period, with the sole exception of David Attenborough’s Frozen Planet.
In 2014, Green Bay’s My Grandfather Dylan with Dylan Thomas’s grand-daughter Hannah Thomas-Elis and performances by Michael Sheen became the first ITV Wales programme to be shown across the whole ITV network for twenty years.
Also in 2014, Green Bay completed an unprecedented ‘hat-trick’, winning BAFTA’s annual Gwyn A. Williams Award, given to programmes which have contributed most to the understanding and appreciation of the history of Wales, for the third time in succession.
In 2015, Green Bay produced DNA Cymru for S4C, a ground-breaking Science project based on the largest sample of ancestral DNA ever taken in Wales, and involving large-scale reconstructions of major population movements in pre-history, and filming as far apart as Africa’s Rift Valley and the Pyrenees.
Over the last decade, Green Bay has been consistently successful in the international co-production market for documentaries, with international distribution for major series including Rivers and Life, Islands, Deserts, The Roman Invasion of Britain, Shakespeare – The King’s Man, and Festivals and Life; and global sales for individual titles Saving Egypt’s Oldest Pyramid, Merlin the Legend, Megastructures: London's Olympic Stadium and The Boy Who Was Born a Girl.
Green Bay’s most recent international co-production, Castle Builders, has been sold for showing across six continents. Broadcasters from the USA, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Denmark, Greece, China and Vietnam have signed up to licence the series. In addition, satellite channels will take the series to homes across most of the rest of Europe, South America, the Middle East and Africa.
In 2015, Green Bay produced a highly-successful bilingual App based on its recently re-commissioned advice series for children and young people Llond Ceg, presented by BBC Radio 1’s Aled Haydn Jones.