Derek Wax (Executive Producer)

  • Derek Wax joined Kudos in 2005. He has developed and been an executive producer on two seasons of the acclaimed Golden Globe® Award-nominated The Hour (BBC Two) written by Abi Morgan; two seasons of Harriet Braun’s cult hit Lip Service (BBC Three); the award-winning mini-series Occupation (BBC One), which won the BAFTA, FIPA, Prix Europa and Broadcasting Press Guild Awards for Best Miniseries; Tsunami the Aftermath for BBC Two and HBO; and the comedy series Plus One for Channel 4. In 2014, he was executive producer on Peter Bowker's three-part mini-series From There to Here (BBC One), and last year he was Executive Producer on Humans for Channel 4 and AMC, which became Channel 4’s highest rated original drama in 23 years. He also made Capital, a three-part mini-series adapted by Peter Bowker for BBC One from John Lanchester's acclaimed novel of the same name. In 2016, he left Kudos to set up his own production company Wild Mercury, also part of Endemol Shine Group. His current projects for Wild Mercury include David Farr’s series Troy: Fall of a City for BBC One which will start filming in 2017.

    He was a producer at Granada from 2001 to 2005 where he developed and produced the multi award-winning serial Sex Traffic written by Abi Morgan and directed by David Yates, for Channel 4. The drama won eight BAFTA Awards including Best Drama Serial as well as the Royal Television Society Award, Broadcast, Prix Italia and many other international awards. During this time, he was also script executive on episodes of Poirot and Hornblower. His previous credits as producer include Sally Wainwright’s Sparkhouse (Red Productions for BBC One), Peter Bowker’s BAFTA-nominated Flesh and Blood (Red Productions for BBC Two) and the series Waiting for the Whistle (BBC Three). Before becoming a producer, Wax spent five years as a script editor in BBC Drama Serials, where his several credits included the series Aristocrats for BBC One and WGBH.

    Prior to working in TV, Wax worked in theatre, directing plays at venues such as the Gate, Notting Hill, Lyric Hammersmith and Almeida and teaching at drama schools across London.