Zinc Media Group

Exclusive: BBC delivers ‘holy grail moment’ to Tern TV with 35-hour order

UK pubcaster the BBC has commissioned 35 hours of programming from Zinc Media Group’s factual label Tern Television, for both original and returning shows, including a new Christmas-themed series for BBC One ahead of the festive season. Presented by farmer and naturalist, Ellie Harrison, and country lover Angellica Bell, the 3 x 60-minute A Very Country […]

Zinc Media raises a further $5m as ‘bulwark’ to Covid & to fuel growth

UK-based factual production outfit Zinc Media Group has raised £4m ($5.2m) via a new share issue, with the investment used to explore growth opportunities and act as a “bulwark” to the impact of the pandemic. The company – which houses UK prodcos Blakeway, Blakeway North, Brook Lapping, Films of Record, Reef, and Tern Television – had […]

BBC4 boards hunt for Gaddafi’s billions

The UK’s BBC4 has boarded a documentary from Zinc Media-owned factual outfit Brook Lapping examining what happened to Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi’s vast wealth after his death. The 1 x 90-minute investigative documentary, with the working title of The Search For Gaddafi’s Billions will follow two Dutch journalists, Misha Wessel and Thomas Blom, as they […]

Zinc Media launches Red Sauce, new factual label headed by BBC alum Tom Edwards

UK factual production house Zinc Media Group has launched a new label named Red Sauce, to be led by former BBC commissioning editor Tom Edwards as creative director. The label has been set up as part of Zinc’s wider transformation plan, announced at the end of last year, and to fuel its growth in factual […]

Zinc Media appoints Greg Sanderson to head London TV labels

The UK’s Zinc Media Group has upped Greg Sanderson to director of its London television operations, effective immediately. In his new role, Sanderson will oversee the company’s four London-based label, including factual specialist Blakeway; current affairs and investigative programming unit Brook Lapping; documentary producers Films of Record and Reef, which focuses on producing factual formats […]

Zinc Media hires former Sky, Zodiak Media exec for new brand-funded arm

Factual production outfit Zinc Media Group has launched a new division to create brand-funded programming and appointed former Sky exec Dominic de Terville to run it. The unit, which comes amid falling programming budgets at commercial broadcasters, is designed to tap into potential new revenue models and will focus on producing brand-funded unscripted content across […]

Zinc Media raises $4.6m to fuel growth plans across US and UK

Factual production outfit Zinc Media Group has raised £3.5m ($4.6m) after a new share issue, with the investment set to be used to fuel expansion plans across the UK. The funding, from existing shareholders and new but unnamed institutional investors, will be used to further its reach across the UK and support plans to grow […]

Reef founder steps down after 14 years, exits Zinc

Reef Television founder Richard Farmbrough has resigned from his post as CEO of the UK prodco and commercial director of his parent, Zinc Media Group. Farmbrough started the company back in 2005 and remained in his CEO role after Zinc bought Reef in July 2015. At that point he became commercial chief of the wider […]

Ex-Warner Bros exec Hungate resurfaces

Former Warner Bros. Television Production UK (WBTVPUK) co-chief Claire Hungate has been named CEO of London-based digital media firm Brave Bison. Hungate exited Warner Bros. in February along with WBTVPUK co-managing director Nick Emmerson. The pair had played a key role in the establishment of UK indie group Shed Media, which was sold to Warner […]