Zig Zag Productions

Zig Zag promotes Graff to managing director

Zig Zag Productions has promoted commercial director Matt Graff to the newly created role of managing director. In his new role Graff will take on responsibility for managing the day-to-day operation of the company and driving company growth. He will continue to report to CEO Danny Fenton. Since his appointment as commercial director in 2014, […]

Japandemonium coming to ITV

UK broadcaster ITV has commissioned a funny clips show based on footage from iconic Japanese game shows. Japandemonium is a 6x30mins series from UK-based indie Zig Zag Productions in which present Melvin Odoom showcases clips of “amazing and bizarre” programmes from Japanese television. Danny Fenton and Andy Scott from Zig Zag are executive producing the […]

Brexit strategies

The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union is one of the most seismic changes for international television in living memory. Jesse Whittock asks what it means for the industry. The UK has always been a leader in international production and distribution. It is credited, among other things, with helping to develop and fine-tune […]

Brexit will ‘blow up’ coproduction foundations

The foundations underpinning European coproductions have been “blown up” by the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, an industry body is warning. The TV industry has been plunged into uncertainty after the British public voted to leave the EU, with Prime Minister David Cameron subsequently saying he will step down. Various companies and individuals […]

Industry backs British remain vote

The TV industry is overwhelmingly backing Great Britain to remain in Europe, as the country’s public today vote on whether or not to leave the European Union. Numerous other industry figures have come out in support of remaining. These include Sony Pictures Television’s format chief Wayne Garvie, former BBC director of television Danny Cohen and […]

China formats report

Zig Zag Productions commercial director Matt Graff says China remains television’s final frontier for producers, as new restrictions limit the number of overseas formats the country’s networks can air. ‘China: Episode 4’. This adventure sees me joining my second PACT delegation into China, on my fourth trip to television’s new ‘promised land’. The reason you […]

UK, Korea team for artificial intelligence format

UK indie Zig Zag and South Korean free TV broadcaster MBC are teaming to take an international artificial intelligence format to market. MBC produces Future Human; AI for its domestic channel, and with the backing of the government’s content agency, KCA, Zig Zag will produce an international version, and shop it globally. The series looks […]

Zig Zag preps Jamie Vardy series

UK indie Zig Zag Productions is making Jamie Vardy’s Having an Academy, a fact-ent series with British football star Jamie Vardy. The Leicester and England striker is one of the top scorers in the Premier League and has become a star after helping propel 5000-1 underdogs Leicester to the league title. He came to the […]

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 […]

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