Jane Root indie to produce 12-part baby doc

She's Having A Baby (Sky Living)

Jane Root’s Nutopia has secured a major 12-part documentary series for Netflix – the latest UK producer to win an original commission from the SVoD service.

The Civilisations indie is producing Babies, a big-budget factual series that will track the first year of a baby’s life, Broadcast understands.

The 12 x 60-minute story will be told from the baby’s perspective and will use a combination of CGI and interviews with experts and expectant mothers.

The show will film in the UK and US.

The idea has been on Nutopia’s development slate for over six years with former BBC2 controller Root previously mentioning the project in interviews with Broadcast in 2010 and 2012.

It is also Nutopia’s latest baby-centric series; the indie previously produced Sky Living’s She’s Having A Baby [pictured], which followed mums-to-be as they dealt with pregnancy and prepared for childbirth.

Nutopia and Netflix both declined to comment on the commission.

New Netflix

The commission makes Nutopia the latest UK firm to win an original order from Netflix.

Left Bank Pictures produced big-budget royal drama The Crown and Charlie Brooker’s Endemol-backed firm House of Tomorrow made the latest incarnation of Black Mirror for the platform.

Elsewhere, Lime Pictures is making tween horse drama Free Rein and Tiger Aspect is producing a travelogue with Jack Whitehall, while Silverback Films is making wildlife series Our Planet and Lightbox made docu-series Captive.

The order comes as Netflix steps up its non-scripted ambitions and adds more original documentary series and formats to its slate of high-end drama and comedy programming.

The Los Gatos-based firm had a posse of commissioners attending Mip TV last week with executives including Brandon Riegg, Nat Grouille and former BBC3 exec Sean Hancock, who joined the company earlier this month, leading the non-scripted charge.

It is the latest big-budget commission for the Goodge St-headquartered Nutopia, which generates around 90% of its business from the US.

Last month, the indie scored 2 x 120- minute America: Journey Of The Brave for US cable network History.

Following that order, chief executive Root told Broadcast that British producers were in prime position to benefit from the shift towards premium documentary programming in the US.

“American broadcasters are really focusing on British companies in the premium world,” Root said.

“There’s an incredible depth of premium programme-makers from the UK, which is really to do with the BBC and Channel 4 having consistently invested in training and commissioning.