Tinopolis Group

Exclusive: Tinopolis Group explores sale with US & European buyers circling

Tinopolis Group, the UK-based firm behind shows including NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, the BBC’s Question Time and sales outfit Passion Distribution, is for sale with US and European buyers circling, TBI understands. Companies across the US and Europe have been looking at acquiring the Wales-based production and distribution outfit, which owns 13 companies including Mentorn, […]

Magical Elves founders Cutforth and Lipsitz depart

Magical Elves founders Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz are stepping down from the Top Chef producer, which they founded in 2001.  The Emmy-winning producers and business partners will return to their roots as indie producers, while Magical Elves is to remain under Tinopolis Group, which acquired the business in 2014. The pair will work with Tinopolis during […]

Mentorn appoints Hughes as head of development

Mentorn Media has appointed Paul Hughes as head of development, after the exec joined last year. Hughes will lead the development team to supercharge the producers’ diverse development slate with a focus on returnable factual entertainment and entertainment content for both the UK and the international market. The exec joined Mentorn last year as senior […]

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 […]

BBCWW takes Pests and Rich Kids into Africa

Passion Distribution has shopped a raft of content to BBC Worldwide in the wake of the recent Discop Africa market. Worldwide acquired a package that includes Rich Kids of Social Media and UKTV’s pest control series Deadliest Pests Down Under (pictured) for its channels in the region. The deal also included Firecracker Films’ one-off Channel 4 […]

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 […]

BBC Two to restart Robot Wars

UK pubcaster BBC Two has brought eccentric machine battle series Robot Wars back 15 years after it stopped broadcasting on the channel. Mentorn Media Scotland, whose parent company Mentorn Media was the original UK show’s producer, will produce the new 6x60mins series. The original BBC Two show ran between 1998 and 2001, before switching to […]

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 […]

Tinopolis buys Top Chef producer

The Tinopolis Group has paid an undisclosed multi-million dollar sum for Magical Elves, the US-based producer behind Top Chef and Braxton Family Values. No exact figure was put on the deal, which is the latest example of international production companies buying into the US’s bank of unscripted prodcos. Magical Elves now sits in a stable […]