Northlight was founded in 1981 by two members of BBC Management. Robert Sproul-Cran was a director and presenter on BBC Daytime, working for series in Birmingham's Pebble Mill, Manchester and Glasgow. Prior to that he was in charge of radio production from the BBC's Beechgrove centre in Aberdeen. His colleague, Ken Little, was Manager of BBC Aberdeen.
The company worked from both Aberdeen and London, producing programmes for the BBC, Channel 4 and corporate markets. Northlight specialised in Education and Factual programming, but later developed drama projects, and strands in other genres such as music. With new relationships with networks like Discovery it went on to produce from locations worldwide.
In December 1999 Northlight submitted a plan to Grampian Enterprise entitled "The Best of Scottish" - a proposal for an international TV series promoting Scotland - which later went on to become Tartan TV. After seven years that project has run its course. In the process it has been transmitted on over 200 stations in the USA, Canada and other international territories, winning a global audience whose positive image of Scotland has been enhanced by over a hundred half hour programmes.
Now Northlight is looking again at the UK, as recent developments make that market more profitable for independents. And with its wealth of experience earned worldwide Northlight is set to build on its reputation as one of Scotland's major international production companies.