Kirstie McLure


Former Pioneer exec sets up production consultancy

Former Pioneer Productions MD Kirstie McLure has set up a new consultancy business connecting productions with internationally skilled production staff.  Co-founded by McLure and Nikki Tilley, the business is a collective of chief operating officers and heads of production who are available on a consultancy basis. It comes as a response to a “service gap” […]

Ex-Sky non-scripted chief to lead Mentorn

Former Sky head of non-scripted Celia Taylor has joined Tinopolis Group-owned UK factual prodco Mentorn Media. Taylor left UK satcaster Sky last year as Phil Edgar-Jones took over all non-scripted programming. She has now been named managing director of Robot Wars producer Mentorn, replacing Jonathan Hewes, who will now solely focus on another Tinopolis prodco, […]

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 […]

TV’s Big Questions: has 4K truly broken through?

There was a buzz around ultra-high definition television coming into 2015, but did the medium have the impact many expected? For Naked Entertainment’s Simon Andreae (below left), it was a resounding no. “How many people got a 4K set for Christmas? Not many,” he says. MoMedia boss Lucas Bertrand has a similar view. “It’s not […]

Strangest Weather blows on to TV

US cable net The Weather Channel and UK broadcaster Channel 4 will show a new series of Strangest Weather on Earth. The 8x60mins series will go into its third run on The Weather Channel, which commissioned the show. Channel 4 has pre-bought the show and it will go out as World’s Weirdest Weather in the […]

Discovery follows David Baddiel on the Silk Road

Discovery Channel UK & Ireland has ordered David Baddiel on the Silk Road, a travelogue series featuring the titular comedian as he travels the ancient trade route. Tinopolis-owned Pioneer Productions is producing the four-parter, which will go out in the UK and Ireland later this year. This doc series was commissioned by Discovery’s Elizabeth McIntyre, […]

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 […]

Pioneer launches Korean JV

Tinopolis Group-owned Pioneer Productions has moved into the South Korean market by launching a joint venture with a local production company. London-based Pioneer and Seoul’s PAAN Media have come together to form Buzz Media, which will create programming for the UK, South Korean and international markets. Programming will include 4K natural history and science science, […]

Year in Review, part three: 2015

This week, executives from across the board have revealed the moments that defined the industry for the industry and their companies. In the final part of TBI’s Year in Review special, top names predict the big news we’ll be bringing to you throughout 2015.   OTT players acquiring production companies or even one of the […]

2014 Year in Review, part two

What were the moments that defined 2014 for individual companies in the international TV space? In the second part of our three-part Year in Review special, we unearth the deals that mattered to those brokering them. The quality of programming in 2014 continued the recent trend that has seen TV become a prime source of […]