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Firecracker opens Scottish venture, hires Elspeth O’Hare

Tinopolis Group-owned production unit Firecracker Films has expanded its reach into the UK market with the launch of a new venture in Glasgow. The Scottish enterprise will see the Big Fat ...
November 14, 2016

Tinopolis Group-owned production unit Firecracker Films has expanded its reach into the UK market with the launch of a new venture in Glasgow.

The Scottish enterprise will see the Big Fat Gypsy Weddings producer build out its slate of “high impact, popular factual programming” while investing in local talent.

As the division’s first order of business, former IWC Media head of documentaries Elspeth O’Hare (pictured, right) has been appointed as creative director of Firecracker Scotland, while Jennifer Gilroy (left) joins as a producer.

O’Hare’s credits include Channel 4′s Britain’s Benefit Tenants, BBC1′s Insane Fight Club and Channel 5′s Big Body Squad. Gilroy, meanwhile, has previously developed successful series for BBC, C4 and C5, as well as recently producing the BBC’s The Council.

Firecracker Scotland is currently in advanced negotiations with UK pubcaster Channel 4 to develop an “innovative” fact-ent format. The team will be based out of the Ingram Street hub where fellow Tinopolis prodcos Mentorn Scotland and Sunset+Vine are already established.

The new venture follows news of former Firecracker CEO Sue Oriel  having joined Jane Rogerson and Ross Harper‘s recently formed indie Red Sky Productions. The Glasgow, Scotland-based firm will look to develop factual and fact-ent content for the UK, international and digital marketplaces.

“Firecracker’s new venture in Scotland is a testament to how much we value our presence within the region,” said Tinopolis CEO Arwel Rees in a statement. “Having a base in Glasgow will enable Firecracker to create even more opportunities for high quality content to be produced by locally sourced talent. We hope this further expansion will be seen as a sign of our commitment to making the region a truly world class center for TV production.”

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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