Films of Record

Films Of Record founder & doc veteran Roger Graef dies, aged 85

Documentary maker and Films Of Record founder Roger Graef has died, aged 85. The US-born producer and writer moved to the UK in the 1960s and went on to produce docs for all major UK broadcasters, including State Of The Nation: A Law In The Making and Police. In 1979, Graef set up Films of Record […]

Zinc Media’s creative director on shooting deeply personal talent-led content

Emma Hindley, creative director at UK-based factual production outfit Zinc Media Group, lifts the lid on helping celebrity talent open up about past traumas on Brook Lapping’s Ian Wright: Home Truths for BBC One and Films of Record’s BBC2 show David Harewood: Psychosis And Me. Asking well-known people to tell you about some of the most painful events […]

TBI Weekly: Gaining access during lockdown

Interest in access documentaries has soared but global lockdowns have made for a challenging production environment. Tim Dams explores how it’s done and what’s next for this rapidly growing genre. Demand for access docs has never been higher. ‘Occu-soaps’ have become ubiquitous across supermarkets, airports, train stations, retail and museums, while access docs focused on […]

Zinc Media reports loss but revenues rebound after COVID’s ‘significant disruption’

Brook Lapping and Blakeway parent Zinc Media Group saw its revenues rise by a third in the second half of 2020 but admitted its operations had been “significantly disrupted” by the pandemic, causing an £800,000 adjusted loss over the past 18 months. Zinc’s annual report revealed today said that the group – which is also home to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ex-Flame, Films of Records execs join Sundog

Former Flame Television managing director Claire Featherstone and Films of Record executive producer Katie Buchanan are joining UK indie Sundog Pictures. Featherstone will take up a COO post in April and Buchanan becomes creative director on March 19. She counts docs such as The Romanians are Coming and Absolutely Fashion: Inside British Vogue on ger […]

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 […]

Avanti poaches Films of Record MD

UK indie Avanti Media has poached Neil Grant from Zinc Media-owned Films of Record. London- and Cardiff-based Avanti has hired Grant as creative director, placing him within the prodco’s senior management team alongside Emyr and Mair Afan. He will be tasked with growing factual, features and current affairs when he joins in January 2017. Grant […]

360Production nabs Renegade producer

Britain-based 360Production has hired Belinda Cherrington from Renegade Pictures to become its first creative director of UK factual. Cherrington is an experienced executive producer, who among other roles launched Mentorn Media’s US development office in 2011. Her new company is a factual-focused London- and Northern Ireland-based firm that was acquired by Rare TV in 2014. […]