Danny Fenton


China’s new TV frontier offers short-form opportunity

Ahead of UK trade body Pact’s UK China Creative Exchange event in London next week, Danny Fenton, CEO of Zig Zag Productions, urges producers to look to China for a new frontier of opportunity, including lucrative new avenues for short-form content.  Geographically speaking, you’d be hard pressed to find an area of our industry quite […]

TBI Weekly: AVOD, branding and ‘You’ discussion dominates NATPE

The aftermath of rampant consolidation was in the spotlight at this week’s NATPE market, where the uptick in AVOD models, rights ownership and branding à la Netflix-Lifetime hit You dominated the discussion. Steven Cahall, senior analyst with RBC Capital Markets, said it best early on in the week: “If you don’t work for the four […]

Facebook signs up for Zig Zag magic show

Facebook Watch has acquired a short-form series from Zig Zag Productions featuring British street magician Troy Von Scheibner (left). Troy The Magician (5 x 6 minutes) includes unseen footage and clips of the South London magician’s close-up magic and stunts in London and New York. The performer became well known following Channel 4’s six-part programme […]

To boldly go… to MIPCOM

Danny Fenton, CEO of Zig Zag Productions, offers his thoughts on the latest MIPCOM. As we strapped ourselves in for another journey into the unknown of Cannes at MIPCOM one thing we knew for sure is that there were new stars in the ascendency such as Amazon and Netflix and as-yet unreached far flung galaxies […]

Zig Zag promotes Graff to managing director

Zig Zag Productions has promoted commercial director Matt Graff to the newly created role of managing director. In his new role Graff will take on responsibility for managing the day-to-day operation of the company and driving company growth. He will continue to report to CEO Danny Fenton. Since his appointment as commercial director in 2014, […]

Japandemonium coming to ITV

UK broadcaster ITV has commissioned a funny clips show based on footage from iconic Japanese game shows. Japandemonium is a 6x30mins series from UK-based indie Zig Zag Productions in which present Melvin Odoom showcases clips of “amazing and bizarre” programmes from Japanese television. Danny Fenton and Andy Scott from Zig Zag are executive producing the […]

Brexit strategies

The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union is one of the most seismic changes for international television in living memory. Jesse Whittock asks what it means for the industry. The UK has always been a leader in international production and distribution. It is credited, among other things, with helping to develop and fine-tune […]

Industry backs British remain vote

The TV industry is overwhelmingly backing Great Britain to remain in Europe, as the country’s public today vote on whether or not to leave the European Union. Numerous other industry figures have come out in support of remaining. These include Sony Pictures Television’s format chief Wayne Garvie, former BBC director of television Danny Cohen and […]

Zig Zag preps Jamie Vardy series

UK indie Zig Zag Productions is making Jamie Vardy’s Having an Academy, a fact-ent series with British football star Jamie Vardy. The Leicester and England striker is one of the top scorers in the Premier League and has become a star after helping propel 5000-1 underdogs Leicester to the league title. He came to the […]

Channel 4 sets Schwarzenegger stunt special

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned a one-off, two-hour special in which action star Arnold Schwarzenegger’s lists death-defy feats caught on camera. Arnie’s 50 Greatest Ever Stunt comes from UK indie Zig Zag Productions, and will see the actor-politicians chronicling daredevil antics such as Jean-Claude Van Damme doing the splits in between two speeding lorries […]

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