London-based TV prodco, communications and branded content business Zinc Media has hired multiple award-winning specialist factual producer Lucy van Beek (pictured) in an overall bid to expand its offering to include specialist factual production. Van Beek will lead Zinc’s current affairs and historical programming subsidiary Blakeway as its managing director, tasked with steering it towards producing more of that kind of content.
Van Beek’s credits include a wide range of science, history and natural history programming for both UK and international clients. She has been working with Zinc Media since 2015 as an executive producer for the company’s documentary arm, Brook Lapping, a role in which she was responsible for titles including The Greatest Tomb on Earth (BBC2) and China’s Megatomb Revealed (NGCI), as well as The Secret Life of Puppies and Kittens (C5). She began her career working for the BBC’s Natural History Unit on Sir David Attenborough’s Song of the Earth.
“[Blakeway] already has a fantastic reputation for producing award- winning programs in current affairs, history and documentaries, and it’s the perfect next step for the company to move into the internationally popular genre of specialist factual. Lucy is the ideal person to lead the company through this period of growth,” said Fiona Stourton, creative director, Zinc Media, in a statement.
Van Beek will officially step into the role on Nov. 1 and report directly to Stourton.