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Drive adds ex-Channel 5, Tigress exec to ranks

Former Channel 5 and Tigress Productions exec Lulu Prutton has joined UK-based production funding and distribution company Drive. She is taking on the role of acquisitions and sales executive after joining from New Earth Films, where she was commercial and creative manager. Like Drive co-founder Lila Hurst, she has previously worked at UK broadcaster Channel […]

Roy Ackerman surfaces at Murder Detectives prodco

Seasoned UK executive Roy Ackerman has been appointed managing director of Films of Record, the UK prodco that makes Channel 4’s The Murder Detectives. Ackerman joins the producer having last year left Pulse Films, the producer that is now backed by youth brand Vice. Films of Record is part of the Zinc Media, the production […]

UK factual prodco gets MD, expands remit

Zinc Media, the indie group formerly known as Ten Alps, has put Lucy van Beek in charge of its factual prodco Blakeaway. The company said van Beek will expand Blakeaway’s remit beyond current affairs and historical programming, and move it into the broader world of specialist factual. Van Beek has been an exec producer for […]

Zinc CEO Wood stepping down

Mark Wood is leaving his post as CEO of Zinc Media, which is the new trading name of UK production group Ten Alps. Wood (pictured) leaves his post with immediate effect, according to a company statement released to investors. The former chief executive of ITN Productions will also leave his director post, but will continue […]

Ten Alps buys into Chrysalis Vision

UK-based independent production group Ten Alps has bought a stake in Chrysalis Vision, the recently formed drama indie and spiritual predecessor to Chrysalis TV, which became All3Media. Ten Alps said this morning it has made a £50,000 (US$78,000) strategic investment in the new Chrysalis, taking a 12% stake in the new company, and will add […]

Japanese VOD service, UK prodco in doc copro

A Japanese video service and UK producer Blakeway Productions have come together to create a documentary miniseries. Japan and Korea: Ties That Bind will run on VOD platform Niconico’s new current affairs and history strand, Niconico Documentary. Ten Alps-owned Blakeway is attached to coproduce the 2x60mins show with Niconico, which claims to Japan’s biggest online […]

Ten Alps buys UK prodco as Geldof exits

Restructuring UK production group Ten Alps has acquired factual producer Reef Television, as company founder Bob Geldof exits. Reef is behind UK series such as BBC One’s Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is and Channel 4’s Selling Houses with Amanda Lamb. The prodco will now sit alongside Blakeway, Brook-Lapping and Films of Record in […]

Geldof prodco secures funding, welcomes ITN’s Wood

Ten Alps, the British production group singer Bob Geldof co-founded, has raised £300,000 (US$510,000) from shareholders, and added former ITN chief executive Mark Wood to its board. Herald Investment trust, which is Ten Alps’ largest shareholder, has pledged £150,000, while non-executive director Tim Hoare is adding £50,000. The other £100,000 has come from other shareholders. […]

Arte and BBC join forces for Obama doc

French cultural channel Arte and UK public broadcaster the BBC are joining forces to make Barack Obama: Inside His Presidency, a new four-part documentary about the US president. With the French title of Barack Obama, le Temps du Bilan, the series will follow Obama’s presidency and the key events during his tenure since taking office […]

Thatcher doc gains traction

A documentary chronicling the controversial political career of the late former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher has sold to broadcasters in Canada, Asia and Europe. BSkyB-owned distributor Sky Vision has scored sales of Brook Lapping-produced 1x60mins doc Thatcher: a Memoir to Radio Canada in Quebec, ATV in Hong Kong, TV4 in Sweden and Finland, Portuguese […]