The Repair Shop presenter, Jay Blades, is to launch Hungry Jay Media, a new indie formed in partnership with Hungry Bear Media, which is led by Dan Baldwin and Juliet Denison Gay.

The company will develop and produce a range of television formats that will see Jay both in front of and behind the camera, with a strong focus on creating opportunities for new production talent.

Along with his furniture restoration business, Blades also co-founded former charities Sweet Dreams and Out of The Dark, which aimed to motivate disengaged and disadvantaged young people and provide them with practical skills. Hungry Jay Media will be “all about creating those opportunities.”

Jay Blades said: ‘If someone like me, who grew up in Hackney with no TV training can front a hit BBC One show, then so can others from similar backgrounds. I feel excited to team up with Hungry Bear. I feel at home.’

Dan Baldwin said: ‘We’re delighted to be teaming up with Jay. He’s THE rising star in factual entertainment in the UK. We see this partnership with Jay as a long-term collaboration of creativity and social conscience. We can’t wait to reveal what we’ve been working on together.’

Baldwin and Denison Gay formed Hungry Bear Media in 2014. The indie has produced shows including Michael McIntyre’s Big Show, All Round to Mrs Brown’s, Judge Romesh, Look Back To The Future, Bradley Walsh and Son and Breaking Dad.

Jon Creamer