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Factual indie Nutopia is looking to develop diversity-focused international ‘mega docs’ with former Cardiff Productions managing director Pat Younge.

The exec has struck a deal with Jane Root’s company to make shows “rooted in the stories and perspectives of the African and Asian diaspora”, building on Nutopia’s established high-profile slate fronted by the likes of Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum and Chris Hemsworth.

Younge recently stepped down from Cardiff, with co-founder Narinder Minhas stepping up to chief executive.

Younge and Root previously worked together at the BBC, where he was chef creative officer of BBC Productions and she was controller of BBC2.

They also crossed paths at Discovery Communications in the US, where Root was president of Discovery Networks and Younge oversaw Travel Channel shows such as Man v Food and Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.

Younge said Nutopia is a “world leader in mega docs”.

He added: “Working again with Jane, an inspirational creative leader I know well, is precisely the kind of collaborations I wanted greater freedom to explore.”

Root said: “With a highly exciting slate ahead of us, I look forward to bringing scale and impact to really important subject matters to captivate viewers across the globe.”

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