Zinc Media Group and Sky Arts have announced the channel’s first ever ad-funded programme.

Produced by Zinc Communicate, Zinc Media Group’s branded content division, and Tern Television, Zinc’s factual producer, My Greatest Shot was developed in partnership with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.  It is Adobe’s first ever ad-funded programme in the UK.

My Greatest Shot, a six-part series, reveals the stories behind some of the world’s most iconic photographs.  It takes the audience behind the lens to meet the men and women who created them – from Martin Parr (pictured) to Emily Garthwaite, Harry Borden to Hayley Benoit, Charlie Waite to Alexandra Robins. The photographers unpack their journey to becoming a photographer and share highlights from earlier on in their careers, as well as relaying the story, planning and vision behind the photograph in question. “This exclusive glimpse into their creative process will reveal never-seen-before prototypes, work in progress images and ones that didn’t make the cut, in addition to outlining their creative processes in the photo’s final editing.” In each half-hour episode, the series explores two iconic photos from one classic theme – Travel, Street, Portrait, Landscape, Food and Animals.

Phil Edgar-Jones, Director, Sky Arts, commented: “Photography is about the most accessible art form but also in many ways the hardest to really nail. My Greatest Shot is the perfect platform for some of the world’s best photographers to provide some tips and inspiration for budding photographers everywhere.”

Simon Morris, Senior Director of Marketing, EMEA Digital Media, Adobe, adds: “At Adobe, our mission is to drive creativity for all. While our tools are powerful for professionals, they’re accessible to anyone with a story to tell, and Lightroom is the perfect example of this. We hope our latest partnership with Sky Arts, and the themes, creativity and personalities in the programme, inspire people to try and produce their own greatest shot.”

This is the first ad-funded TV commission following the launch of Zinc’s branded entertainment division.

Harry Bell, Managing Director, Tern Television, says: “My Greatest Shot aims to inspire all of us to create great art. In a world where a camera sits in every pocket, and we snap more than ever before, how can we take those ‘forever’ shots? In this series we follow some of the world’s greatest modern photographers to reveal the tricks of their trade. It’s a secret life behind the lens. How do they tell stories in a single shot about how we live, the challenges we face and the dreams we hope for? Celebrating some of the world’s best photographs we couldn’t have better partners to bring this to the screen than Sky Arts and Adobe.”

Sky Arts have created a social community to support the series and a collaboration arranged by Zinc Communicate with multi-platform photojournalism and culture title Huck will amplify the series and social activity. Zinc has also produced a bespoke TV commercial that will air on Sky’s channels during the series run.

Dominic de Terville, Director of Branded Content & Audio, Zinc Media Group, adds: “This Sky Arts TV series provides Adobe with a new communications platform offering great potential for roll-out to their other key markets. It’s packed with consumer takeout and authentically heroes Adobe Lightroom as a key tool for any photographer. It’s truly inspiring to see market leading brands also leading the way in content-led, smart marketing communications.”

My Greatest Shot was ordered by Benedetta Pinelli at Sky Arts and Simon Morris at Adobe. It is Exec Produced by Harry Bell for Tern Television at Zinc Media.

Jon Creamer

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