Zinc Media

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 […]

Five ways to use brands to fund your factual production

Dominic de Terville, director of branded content at the UK’s Zinc Media, tells TBI why now is the time to embrace new funding models and offers five key pointers to ensure your show gets off the ground. The programme commissioning and funding landscape has changed all over the world. Producer-sourced funding is now required across […]

News round-up: Germany’s Redseven returns to production; BBC Two, Arte explore US foreign policy; Silverlining’s ‘Farm’ to open in July

Redseven returns for Sat.1’s The Taste Red Arrow Studios-owned German producer Redseven Entertainment has returned to studio production for the first time since the outbreak of Coronavirus to work on an eighth season of culinary format The Taste. The show, which has been extended by broadcaster parent ProSiebenSat.1, started production on its eighth run in […]

TBI Factual: How vulnerable people’s stories can be told on TV

Sarah Murch, MD and executive producer at Zinc Media’s UK producer Blakeway North, discusses the challenges of turning vulnerable people’s stories into TV shows and the responsibility that goes with it. As UK regulator Ofcom further consults on protecting participants in TV, it is true to say there has never been more scrutiny on programme […]

BBC orders Peter Sellers doc from Brook Lapping

BBC Two in the UK has commissioned Brook Lapping, part of Zinc Media, to produce an in-depth documentary about English actor and comedian Peter Sellers. Peter Sellers: A State of Comic Ecstasy (working title) is a 1 x 75-minute programme that will explore the comedian’s many acclaimed works, alongside his personal life, including his multiple […]

Ex-Reef MD Hanrahan joins Tin Roof Media

Former Reef Television managing director Paul Hanrahan has joined another UK-based producer, Tin Roof Media, as group operations director. The hire means UK industry veteran Hanrahan (pictured) joins the management team of Tin Roof subsidiaries Blink Films and Outline Productions. He will oversee day-today operations and growth strategy across the Tin Roof group. Former TwoFour […]

Zinc buys Tern for £5.45m

UK-based Zinc Media is buying Tern Television Productions for a total value of up to £5.45 million (US$7.20 million). The deal for the Glasgow-based prodco Tern, which David Strachan (pictured) has led since 1988, comprises an initial £2 million, £1.1 million in surplus cash and an earn-out consideration on up to £2.35 million payable in […]