Barcroft Media


Barcroft to produce US shows with Complex Networks

Youth-focused media group Complex Networks and UK-based Barcroft Media will coproduce original programmes in the US. Complex in its current guise was form last year after telco Verizon and publisher Hearst jointly acquired Complex Media in a bid to attract younger, pop culture-influenced millennials audiences. The company has now struck a multi-year advertising and content […]

Drive’s distribution arm strikes Barcroft deal

Fledging distributor Drive Media Rights has picked up a raft of content from Barcroft Media. Drive is the UK-based funding and copro specialist that officially launched its distribution arm last week, with former Zodiak exec Laura Masson heading up sales. It said today that it has added a 1,000 short films from Barcroft, which has […]

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 […]

Sky Q scores content deals ahead of launch

Next-generation UK streaming platform Sky Q has acquired 400 short-form videos from indie Barcroft Media, and content from Electus Digital and Funny Or Die. This marks some of the first deals Sky Q has closed since parent satcaster Sky revealed the OTT service in November last year. Sky Q launches early this year, with a […]

Endemol Beyond USA, Barcroft go OTT

Digital-first businesses Endemol Beyond USA and Barcroft Media have launched separate direct-to-consumer video platforms. Endemol Beyond USA, part of the Endemol Shine Group, has partnered with TV tech firm Piksel to create its owned-and-operated platform, GetBeyond.US. UK-based Barcroft has also launched its own free-to-watch platform, Barcroft.TV, which will focus on ‘the amazing side of life’. […]

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 […]

Blue chip to new chip: natural history with bite

Stewart Clarke speaks to commissioners, producers, distributors and digital pioneers about their efforts to reimagine the natural history genre. Alastair Fothergill is the embodiment of blue-chip, making landmark series for the BBC and films for Disney Nature, but he is now seeking to reinvent the genre, out of necessity as much as anything. “When I […]

‘Digital natives should replace ‘Millennials’

The CEO of British factual prodco Barcroft Media has warned delegates here in Cannes focusing on the term ‘Millennial’ is “totally useless”, as the phrase is effectively a “panic button” with no unified meaning for producers. Sam Barcroft said on a panel session at MIPDoc yesterday producers and broadcasters were better off using the phrase ‘digital natives’ […]

Barcroft TV hits million mark

YouTube channel Barcroft TV, owned by production outfit Barcroft Media, has passed the one-million subscriber milestone. The channel has recorded 155% growth in subscribers since April 1 last year, adding 571,638 subscribers over the last year. YouTube viewers watched a total of 917,265,329 minutes of content on the net, which Sam Barcroft (pictured) created. The […]