Zig Zag Productions

BBCWW, Zig Zag bag new W originals

BBC Worldwide will distribute an unscripted series that is one of two new originals for UK pay TV channel W. The BBC’s commercial arm has taken on John Bishop: In Conversation with…, a 10x60mins series in which British comedian Bishop interviews households named in one-on-one conversations. Lola Entertainment is producing, with Worldwide distributing. W has […]

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 […]

NATPE 2016 in review

Zag Zag Productions Danny Fenton provides the low-down on last week’s NATPE market in Miami There are few things as tempting in January as Miami especially when you’re leaving the sub zero temperatures of London and when you add in the Natpe TV industry market to boot it’s hard to say no. This was my […]

TV’s Big Questions: what is shaping the world of content?

Platforms, technology and marketing aside, what really drives the international TV industry is content. We asked a selection of execs from around the world for the shows that they feel are pioneering, brilliant or genre-defining. In the world of docs, Simon Chinn from Man on Wire prodco Lightbox says 2015 was the year of the […]

News brief: Bloomberg gets Zig Zag biz show

Bloomberg Television’s move into commissioning has seen it commission Zig Zag Productions and Verchaix Media to coproduce a 12-part business series. The show, Opportunity Africa, will air on Bloomberg in the EMEA region from May 2016. South African prodco Urban Brew Studios, with whom UK-based Zig Zag has a coproduction agreement, is also attached. The […]

Blue Ant cuts Zig Zag deal, brings 4K to Cannes

Blue Ant International has inked a development and distribution deal with UK indie Zig Zag Productions. The UK prodco announced it was staffing up earlier this week, and the agreement will see Canada-based Blue Ant invest in Zig Zag’s slate and sell some of its content internationally. The company operates specialty channels in Canada and […]

Zig Zag staffing up, poaches ITV exec

Zig Zag Productions has hired Andy Scott (pictured) for a new head of entertainment role, as the UK indie producer said today it plans to make several more hires as part of a senior management restructure. Zig Zag said Scott’s is the first in a series of new appointments, who will become genre heads for […]

Barcroft poaches Zig Zag’s Wyles

Barcroft Productions has hired Zig Zag Productions’ Peter Wyles as director of programmes. Wyles is moving to the UK prodco, which has recently secured commissions such as Preposterous Pets for Animal Planet and OAPs Behaving Badly for Channel 5. He had only joined Troy producer Zig Zag as head of development last year after leaving […]

PactUS makes first hire

The New US arm of UK indies body Pact has hired Matt Gould has its executive VP. The hire is the first PactUS has made since David Lyle was revealed as president of the body last month. Gould was most recently executive VP at UK indie Zig Zag Productions, where he worked with US broadcasters […]

Relativity lines up home reno UK remake

US producer Relativity Television has sold live event home renovation format Built By America Live to a UK prodco. Zig Zag Productions will look to work up a UK version of the format, which is billed as “half home renovation, half live stunt” event television. Over five days, an audience will design a dream home, […]