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Factual indie Sundog Pictures is to be folded into an international production company co-founded by Sam Branson with Hillary and Chelsea Clinton.

The Sundog founder and chair has teamed up with the former First Lady of the United States and her daughter to launch HiddenLight Productions, which has offices in London, New York and Los Angeles.

Sundog chief executive Johnny Webb and chief operating officer Claire Featherstone have transferred in the same roles to the new company, which pledges to ‘celebrate the best of the human spirit and help audiences see the world in new ways’ through premium documentary, unscripted and scripted programming. Joining as executive chair is Roma Khanna, former chief executive of Revolt Media and president of MGM Television Group and Digital.

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton host the outfit’s first commission, Apple TV+’s Gutsy Women. Based on their book, The Book of Gutsy Women: Favourite Stories of Courage and Resilience, the series will showcase a diverse cast of trailblazing women.

Hillary said the series demonstrated HiddenLight’s mission to “share the stories of leaders – celebrated and unsung alike – who are defying the odds and marching bravely forward”.

Branson said he wanted the company’s output to “foster hope and bridge the divide to create a more united and solution-focused world”.

Sundog is best known for producing Reggie Yates-fronted documentaries for BBC3. Recent shows include BBC2's What's The Matter With Tony Slattery?, Channel 4 doc Training Teachers to Kill and BBC3's Big in the Valleys.

 

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