22 Jul 2015


Woodcut Media and Content Media today announce that they are co-producing The Ivy, a definitive documentary that will take an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at one of the world’s most eminent restaurants as it undergoes its first major renovation in 25 years. The one hour special is co-funded by Content Media and Woodcut Media’s parent company, Bob & Co, and international rights will be distributed across all media through Content Media’s Content Television division.

Directed by BAFTA award-winner Adrian Sibley (The Kate Bush Story: Running Up That Hill), this observational film follows The Ivy’s charismatic director, Fernando Peire as he oversees the London-based establishment’s extraordinary transformation while simultaneously inviting camera crews into the restaurant for the first time.

The Ivy captures every aspect of this extensive reboot, from its final weeks as The Ivy of old, a restaurant whose décor and dining experience have earned it a global fame on a par with its clientele, through to the twists and turns leading up to its re-launch, as well as the first few weeks of its re-opening when diners old and new will come to size up its face-lift. From repositioning its bar and updating the menu to overhauling its staff, the documentary provides unprecedented access into The Ivy. As it embarks on a reinvention of its winning formula to remain relevant to the next generation, Fernando takes the bold decision to sell iconic pieces of art long associated with the restaurant at Sotheby’s, while commissioning a new wave of works from the likes of Maggi Hambling and Damien Hirst.

Derren Lawford, Joint Creative Director, Woodcut Media, says, “It’s been a privilege to gain exclusive access to one of London’s most treasured culinary and cultural institutions, and document such a momentous time in its history. The Ivy took a huge risk with this reinvention, so to be able to join them on this journey has been an exciting and eye-opening privilege.  The Ivy is characteristic of the type of unique high-end factual programming with international appeal that Woodcut Media strives to create and we are proud to have worked with Content Media on this project.”

Greg Phillips, President, Content Television, added, “We’re very pleased to partner with the expert team at Woodcut Media again in the production and distribution of this exclusive new special. THE Ivy promises to offer a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at this iconic and celebrated culinary destination, meeting its staff and its stylish list of globally renowned clientele as the restaurant embarks on an ambitious and in many ways extraordinary re-launch. There is strong demand in the international market for high quality factual entertainment specials and we’re confident our broadcast clients will be keen to offer this unique insight into The Ivy to their primetime viewers.”

Through intimate interviews, viewers are introduced to the team working at The Ivy, as well as an illustrious cast of The Ivy’s famous clientele, including Calvin Klein, Maggi Hambling, Ronald Harwood and Julian Fellowes, who speak candidly of their personal experiences inside The Ivy.

About Woodcut Media
With offices in London and Hampshire, Woodcut Media, a member of the family of Bob & Co businesses, specialises in the production of documentaries, producing specialist factual, factual entertainment and lifestyle programming and providing innovative and entertaining programmes for UK and international broadcasters.  Woodcut Media’s operations are spearheaded by leading doc producer Kate Beal, who over the years has established strong relations with key broadcasters such as A+E Networks, Discovery Networks, ITV, and UK TV, as well as partnerships with leading distributors such as DRG, Content Media, Sky Vision, TCB Media Rights and Flame Distribution.

About Adrian Sibley
Adrian Sibley is an award-winning Director and Producer whose credits include, The Kate Bush Story: Running Up That Hill (BBC), BAFTA winning The Show Must Go On, following Baz Luhrmann as he promoted Moulin Rouge, Indie award-nominated Anthony Hopkins A Taste for Hannibal (BBC), The Man Inside Dame Edna about Barry Humphries (Channel 4) and high rating ITV documentaries Heavy Horses with Martin Clunes and The Real Chariots of Fire with Nigel Havers.

About Content Media Corporation
Content Media Corporation is a global entertainment media company based in London with offices in Los Angeles, New York and Toronto, which owns and distributes a significant library of film, television and digital assets. Content Film, the film sales division, holds the rights to over 275 feature film titles and helps producers secure financing, marketing and distribution. The division also acquires top-tier documentaries. Content Television is the television sales division, which holds the library rights to 5,000 hours of TV programming incorporating major drama series, non-fiction entertainment, special event programming, kids’ series, TV movies and mini-series. Content Digital licenses over 300 hours of bespoke digital properties, in addition to the existing library, to digital media platforms worldwide, including on-demand, broadband and mobile.

Media Contact:

For Woodcut Media:
Franklin Rae, + 44 (0)20 3011 1023
Shereene Witter
Safia van der Zwan

For Content Media:

Debbie Lawrence
The Lippin Company
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3008 5406