Sam Barcroft


Barcroft Studios appoints former Vice exec for 4Real

Factual production company Barcroft Studios has appointed a former Vice exec to oversee content output for 4Real, the youth programming strand from UK broadcaster Channel 4. Al Brown becomes executive producer at Barcroft and is tasked with overseeing the content output for 4Real, working with the prodco’s founder and CEO Sam Barcroft to create over […]

Channel 4 commissions Barcroft Studios for slate of ‘4Real’ films

Channel 4 has commissioned Barcroft Studios for a slate of short-form digital shorts under the ‘4Real’ banner.  The commission is the first originating from Channel 4’s recently formed Digital Creative Unit (DCU) — a Leeds-based initiative intended to commission and produce digital content to reach audiences on social and digital platforms. 4Real is the venture’s […]

Snapchat acquires slate of Barcroft titles

Snapchat has acquired five new titles from Barcroft Media. The London-based factual producer has sold eight programs into the mobile-first platform, including Ridiculous Ride, Snapped In The Wild, Beast Buddies, Born Different (pictured) and Shake My Beauty, which are now available on Snapchat’s Discover page. Born Different  premiered on the platform last month and its first […]

Barcroft wins Facebook commission for Incredible Homes

Facebook has commissioned Barcroft Media for five-part series Most Incredible Homes. The 5 x 12-minute interactive series, which will premiere on Facebook Watch on November 3, will focus on unique homes around the globe, from luxurious jungle tree houses in Costa Rica to car-shaped homes in Austria. Facebook Watch users are to vote for their […]

Barcroft goes D2C with TV app

UK-based factual prodco Barcroft Productions is leaping on the success of its YouTube channel by going direct-to-consumer with free TV app. This will comprise with 700 episodes of Barcroft programming – the company’s entire catalogue – and third party content at launch. The Barcroft TV app will offer its in-house content exclusively for 24 hours […]

Barcroft hires ex-Maverick, Zinc execs

UK-based Barcroft Productions has added heads of development and production – a move CEO Sam Barcroft says “completes the jigsaw” of its management team. Paul Woolf has been named development chief at the London-based prodco, which is part of the Barcroft Media group. Woolf was most recently director of development at All3Media-owned Maverick Television, where […]

Barcroft adds execs after Channel 4 investment

UK-based digital content business Barcroft Media has hired execs from News UK and Bloomberg for new senior editorial and commercial posts. Dom Smith, a former FHM Australia editor and FHM managing editor, has become head of editorial and will oversee the flow of content to the Barcroft video business, which has one of the UK’s […]

Channel 4 buys into Barcroft

Channel 4 has bought a stake in multiplatform content company Barcroft. The UK broadcaster has set up a £20 million (US$28.5 million) Growth Fund to invest in UK content companies and has bought into several indies. This is the first Growth Fund investment in a company that has an extensive presence in the digital space […]

TV’s Big Questions: have direct-to-consumer services affected the market?

Many believe 2015 was the year traditional pay TV broadcasters finally accepted they would need to go over-the-top to gain the dollars of the binge-watching, ‘cord-nevers’ generation. Here senior executive offer analysis on how this new trend has changed the market. The announcement of the launch of HBO Now was hailed as a watershed moment […]

Going (digital) native

Why are television’s biggest groups spending millions of dollars on YouTube talent-focused multichannel networks? Jesse Whittock speaks with key players to build a picture of this emerging ecosystem and identify where the digital dollars are coming from. Research released this summer suggested the top 100 YouTube multichannel networks are worth nearly US$10 billion, with the […]

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