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Tinopolis names new COO

UK-based production and distribution firm Tinopolis Group has created a COO position for its British factual producers, and handed it to a key company executive. Naomi Carter (pictured) has been named in the role, having previously been group director of production at the company, which houses prodcos such as Mentorn Media and A. Smith & […]

Doctor Christian Will See You in Cannes

Passion Distribution’s MIPTV slate is headed by Dr Christian Will See You Now, the latest series to feature doctor and presenter Dr Christian Jessen. The 10x60mins Firecracker Films-produced series went out on UKTV’s W channel in the UK. Passion also has Don’t Tell the Doctor, a Arrow Films 10x60mins series following four doctors helping patients […]

Passion releasing The Boy Who Tried to Kill Trump

Passion Distribution has snagged The Boy Who Tried to Kill Trump, the doc special about a British citizen who tried to shoot the US president at one of his pre-election rallies. The show was commissioned by BBC Three, the UK pubcaster’s online, youth-skewing net, under the titled The Brit Who Tried to Kill Trump, and […]

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 […]

Tinopolis’ Firecracker hires for new office

UK prodco Firecracker Films has opened a new office in Glasgow, recruiting an exec from Banijay Group’s IWC Media in the process. Elspeth O’Hare (left in picture) joins as creative director of Firecracker Scotland, moving to the Tinopolis-owned prodco from IWC, where she was head of documentaries with credits including Britain’s Benefit Tenants for Channel 4, Insane Fight […]

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 […]

Passion will Make You Laugh Out Loud

Passion Distribution is taking an entertainment series, … Make You Laugh Out Loud, to MIPTV. An episode titled Cats Make You Laugh Out Loud (pictured) from the 7x60mins user-generated content series from Mentorn Media scored more than two million viewers for UK network Channel 5 in January. Other shows on UK-based Passion’s line-up include its […]

Ob docs: obsolete or of the moment?

Rumblings that the ob doc trend is stifling creativity on both sides of the Atlantic have divided the factual programming industry. Is the genre coming to the end of its cycle, or is it simply evolving, asks Jesse Whittock The commissions of History’s Pawn Stars and American Pickers in 2009 and 2010 respectively ushered in […]

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 […]