Bad Wolf Ltd.
TypePrivate Limited Company
Founded2015; 6 years ago (2015)
FounderJulie Gardner
Jane Tranter
HeadquartersCardiff, Wales, UK
Key people
Julie Gardner
Jane Tranter

Bad Wolf is a British television production company founded by Julie Gardner and Jane Tranter in 2015, with its headquarters in Cardiff, Wales.[1][2] The company is responsible for the television series The Night Of, Beddgelert, A Discovery of Witches, and His Dark Materials.


The company was founded in 2015 by former BBC executives Julie Gardner and Jane Tranter after leaving BBC Worldwide.[3] During their time at the BBC, they worked with Russell T Davies on the 2005 relaunch of Doctor Who, which was made in Wales.[4] The company name is a homage to the "Bad Wolf" storyline from the relaunched series. In 2015, it signed a first look deal with HBO.[5]

In 2017, the company opened a new film and television studio in Cardiff, named Wolf Studio Wales.[6] That same year, Bad Wolf's first production, The Night Of,[7] was nominated for thirteen Emmys, of which it won five.[8] Later that year, they also received investment from European media conglomerate Sky Group and American network HBO in return for minority stakes in the company.[9]

The first episode of Bad Wolf's His Dark Materials was watched by approximately seven million people, making it the biggest new British series in over five years.[10]

In 2020, Bad Wolf announced that they were working on a new series starring Billie Piper (who previously appeared in Doctor Who) called I Hate Suzie.[11][12]


Television series

Year Title Creator(s) Co-production(s)
2016 The Night Of Steven Zaillian
Richard Price
BBC Worldwide
2017 Beddgelert Medeni Griffiths
2018–present A Discovery of Witches Deborah Harkness
2019–present His Dark Materials Philip Pullman New Line Cinema
2020–present Industry Konrad Kay
Mickey Down
I Hate Suzie Lucy Prebble
Billie Piper


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  3. ^ Plunkett, John (27 July 2015). "BBC executives behind Doctor Who comeback set up production company". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  4. ^ Barraclough, Leo (27 July 2015). "Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner, BBC Execs Behind 'Doctor Who,' Launch Bad Wolf (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  5. ^ Barraclough, Leo; Barraclough, Leo (3 November 2015). "HBO Partners with Production Company Bad Wolf (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  6. ^ Ravindran, Manori (16 May 2017). "NEWS Bad Wolf opens major film and television studio in Wales". Screen Daily. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  7. ^ "The Night Of". Bad Wolf. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  8. ^ "The complete list of 2017 Emmy winners and nominees". Los Angeles Times. 18 September 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  9. ^ "Sky and HBO advance production partnership with investment in Bad Wolf". Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  10. ^ "His Dark Materials is most watched new show in five years". The Independent. 5 November 2019. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  11. ^ "When is Billie Piper's Sky drama I Hate Suzie on TV?". Radio Times. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  12. ^ "Billie Piper will lead the cast of new Sky original drama I Hate Suzie". Radio Times. Retrieved 9 April 2020.