Factual superindie Zinc Media Group has promoted Greg Sanderson to Director, London Television, Zinc Media Group.
In his new role, Sanderson will oversee the company’s labels which operate out of London: Blakeway, Brook Lapping, Films of Record and Reef.
An award-winning executive producer, Sanderson joined Zinc Media Group in 2015 as Managing Director of Brook Lapping, and has grown the label’s portfolio of current affairs and investigations programming into new areas and new broadcasters. He became Interim Managing Director, Zinc Television London earlier in this year. Sanderson’s career spans a wide range of factual genres including documentary, specialist factual, popular factual and factual formats.
Mark Browning, CEO, Zinc Media Group, says: “Commissioners are now seeing the benefits of our move to a unified creative team, delivering a full range of factual genres, organised under four distinct labels, operating collaboratively from our new London HQ . Now is the time to have a single leader of this team to oversee the growth in high-quality programmes to all our customers. We are seeing a huge amount of interest from the US in our ideas, and our UK relationships continue to grow. Our London based labels create a fantastic range of factual television, which, coupled with our well-established Nations and Regions footprint, gives buyers a wide range of factual programmes.
“Greg has contributed a huge amount to our transformation plan. He is an experienced and talented programme-maker, a great leader and a source of fantastic creative ideas. He’s an asset to our senior team and is the ideal person to help lead our London-based labels through the next phase of growth.”
Sanderson’s back catalogue covers popular factual series and singles including Meatloaf: In and Out of Hell, Monty Don’s History of the British Garden, Lost Kingdoms of South America, Dancing Cheek to Cheek, factual formats including The Quizeum with Griff Rhys Jones, A Cook Abroad and Don’t Tell the Bride; premium factual including Buried Secrets of World War II and China’s Megatomb Revealed; and documentaries including Academy Award-winning theatrical release Man on Wire and International Emmy Award-winning The English Surgeon.
After starting his career at Touch Productions and Flashback TV, Sanderson moved to the BBC as Editorial Executive of Storyville, rising to become Executive Producer the following year. After spending a year as Executive Producer of BBC ONE’s Imagine strand and Editor of The Review Show, Sanderson returned to commissioning as Commissioning Editor for Arts and Music across the BBC’s TV channels. He also worked as Executive Producer across the BBC’s Proms season for three years. Sanderson’s additional credits at Zinc include: Paxman: Why Are Our Politicians So Crap? (Channel 5), To Catch a Serial Killer with Trevor McDonald (ITV), Lord Lucan: My Husband, The Truth (ITV); The Search for a New Earth (BBC, FTV) Inside Obama’s White House (BBC, ARTE, National Geographic), Inside Europe: 10 Years of Turmoil (BBC and Smithsonian).
Greg Sanderson says: “High-quality factual shows are in massive demand on both sides of the Atlantic. Zinc’s huge range of factual expertise and presence across the Nations and Regions, not to mention its extraordinarily talented team, means it’s perfectly placed to make the most of that opportunity. Overseeing four of its leading labels and its London operations is daunting but incredibly exciting.”
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