Arwel Rees


Tinopolis names new COO

UK-based production and distribution firm Tinopolis Group has created a COO position for its British factual producers, and handed it to a key company executive. Naomi Carter (pictured) has been named in the role, having previously been group director of production at the company, which houses prodcos such as Mentorn Media and A. Smith & […]

Tinopolis regains full control of business

Wales-based production group Tinopolis has bought private equity backer Vitruvian out of the business. Vitruvian paid around £44.7 million (US$59 million) for a significant stake in Tinopolis back in 2008, but has now sold the shareholding back to Tinopolis’ management. “Vitruvian has been a fantastic partner and together we have grown Tinopolis into a true […]

Tinopolis invests in ex-ITV exec’s new indie

Producer and distributor Tinopolis has invested in former ITV exec Claire Zolkwer’s, UK-based production company Thunderclap Media. Thunderclap, headed by Zolkwer (pictured) as managing director, will focus on a range of content including scripted and non-scripted entertainment and comedy. The start-up prodco is joining Tinopolis’ established portfolio of production companies, including Sunset+Vine, Mentorn Media, Firecracker, […]

Ex-NBCU unscripted chief resurfaces at Tinopolis

NBCUniversal International Studios’ former unscripted chief, David Mortimer, has joined transatlantic production group Tinopolis. Mortimer has become Tinopolis’ first director of content, overseeing content direction and performance across the Wales-headquartered production and distribution group. Placing a particular focus on popular factual and factual entertainment, Mortimer will also be tasked with group growth by identifying and […]

Tinopolis’ Firecracker hires for new office

UK prodco Firecracker Films has opened a new office in Glasgow, recruiting an exec from Banijay Group’s IWC Media in the process. Elspeth O’Hare (left in picture) joins as creative director of Firecracker Scotland, moving to the Tinopolis-owned prodco from IWC, where she was head of documentaries with credits including Britain’s Benefit Tenants for Channel 4, Insane Fight […]

McLure exits Pioneer after 23 years

Kirstie McLure is leaving Pioneer Productions after 23 years at the UK unscripted prodco. McLure has been managing director of the Tinopolis Group-owned company since 2011, but is leaving “to explore other projects”. Tinopolis CEO Arwel Reed said: “After 23 years at Pioneer, we are proud of everything that Kirstie has achieved. She has been […]

Tinopolis poaches Wall to Wall boss

Wales-based Tinopolis Group has poached Wall to Wall veteran Jonathan Hewes to become CEO of its subsidiaries Mentorn Media and Pioneer Productions. Hewes (pictured) was most recently head of international at Warner Bros. International Television Production-owned Wall to Wall, having worked at the Who Do You Think You Are produce for two decades. He has […]

Tinopolis poaches Sky entertainment exec

Wales-based Tinopolis Group has hired Sky commissioning editor Chris Brogden as part of a push into entertainment formats. He will become the production and distribution group’s first creative director, entertainment. The post will see Brogden (pictured) working with Tinopolis’s 17 prodcos, which are based either in the UK and US. He will report to Tinopolis […]