Screenhouse is a production company based in Leeds, UK, but working around the world. It was founded in 1991 by CEO Barbara Govan and Creative Director Paul Bader.
Screenhouse started as specialists in science and history, mainly for the BBC. Shows included the legendary Local Heroes with Adam Hart-Davis on BBC2, which changed the face of science on TV.
We’ve now worked for all the main UK channels and Discovery in the US, and across many genres, and are developing dramas. We are known for our big experiments and stunts – we held the world record for passing an electric current through a human electric circuit!
We are media trainers to The Royal Society in London, and have also trained many hundreds of experts and academics to communicate better, in organisations up and down the UK, and Europe.
In around 2008, our training sprang from our TV experience: we found that many experts have no communication training at all, and knew that our background making programmes about complex ideas could help. We now teach communication and media skills, and work with a brilliant team of trainers and Britain’s top science communicators.
Barbara Govan CEO
Barbara was a journalist and on-screen reporter at ITV in Yorkshire, before becoming a network documentary producer. She joined Screenhouse where she now spearheads training and new programmes.
Paul Bader Creative Director
Paul is a former scientist, who got into television to make science programmes, initially at ITV. He set up Screenhouse in 1991, and is executive producer on most of our broadcast and online content.