Richard Bradley

Managing Director

Richard Bradley specialises in both popular and ambitious history, science arts projects.

Under his creative leadership, Lion has assembled one of the most widely respected historical and specialist factual programme producing units in the industry with a reputation in the UK, US and Asia for innovative and accessible television.

As executive producer at Lion over the last ten years Richard’s credits include: The Hottest Place On Earth (BBC One), Horrible Histories (CBBC), Cleopatra, Portrait of a Killer (BBC One), The First Emperor (C4/Discovery) Crusades (The History Channel,) multi-award-winning series African School (BBC4/2), Guns Germs and Steel (National Geographic TV/PBS), the Emmy-Award winning Days That Shook the World (BBC4/BBC2/The History Channel), Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance (PBS/C4/DDE), Emmy-nominated Egypt’s Golden Empire (DDE, PBS, BBC2 and BBC Worldwide), The Spartans/The Minoans/Helen of Troy with Bettany Hughes (Channel 4), Castle (Channel 4) and The Tower (Channel 4) Royal Deaths and Diseases (Channel 4), Disappearing Britain, Britain’s Finest (Five) and Great British Summer (BBC1).

Richard’s team has successfully developed a growing group of specialist on-screen talent, and has been at the cutting edge of trends in TV specialist factual production.

They have been pioneers in cost effective and high end drama recreation, have originated many innovative uses of CGI and worked extensively in high definition.

Richard has extensive experience of managing large scale co-productions involving international filming.

Richard has played a pioneering role in developing production in China and the Asia Pacific Region.

Lion has a joint venture with Phoenix Satellite Television.

The successful fruits of this relationship include Atlas: China (Discovery/C4) and The First Emperor (Discovery, C4, TFI) which won the British Archaeological Award for Television in 2006.

Richard also steered through History of Singapore (Discovery Networks Asia) – a series to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Singaporean independence which got the highest ever ratings for DNA.

Before founding Lion, Richard was at the BBC – he devised and produced the original series of Children’s Hospital (BBC1).

As a documentary director and producer, Richard won many awards including two Emmys for Outstanding Historical Programme for Allied to the Mafia and Uncle Ho and Uncle Sam (BBC/A&E).

Other films he directed for Lion include The Maze (WGBH/Channel 4), Grey Owl (BBC2), The Long Goodbye (BBC2) and Egypt’s Golden Empire (PBS/BBC2).

Richard spent time as a teacher in Kenya, before studying at Cambridge University, where he won the Gladstone Prize for History.

He was an editor in the Africa and Caribbean Division of Longman’s publisher before joining the BBC on the Production Training Course.

He is the author of best-selling book ‘The Missionaries’.

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