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RSL ’14: Ben Paul returns to Zig Zag

EXCLUSIVE: After three years running his own company, Ben Paul (pictured) is returning to UK indie Zig Zag Productions, taking on the role of senior VP in the firm's U.S. office.
October 8, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: After three years running his own company, Ben Paul (pictured) is returning to UK indie Zig Zag Productions, taking on the role of senior VP in the firm’s U.S. office.

Paul will be based in the company’s New York office, working alongside exec VP Matt Gould. The move comes after three years running his own indie, Kickass Creative.

“We’re delighted to welcome Ben back into the Zig Zag fold, said Danny Fenton, Zig Zag’s CEO. “During his previous time with us we succeeded in having some great creative hits culminating in international awards and high rating returning formats – some of which still are selling today.

“We’re looking for more of the same from Ben but now with a specific focus on the U.S. market where he already has a proven track record.”

Paul spent six years with Zig Zag during his first stint with the company, culminating in his role as head of entertainment for the UK business. During this time he created the idea, devised the show format and exec produced the Rose d’Or-winning series Relentless for Channel 4, which was subsequently sold to the U.S.

He also originated and produced a raft of series that won U.S. commissions including Hampton Nannies for TLC, My Bare Lady for Fox and The Truth Behind… for National Geographic Channel.

Paul told realscreen: “Zig Zag has always been a hotbed of creativity and I look forward to strengthening its foothold in the U.S. with a raft of exciting new commissions.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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