Peter Wyles named Zig Zag head of development

September Films exec Peter Wyles (pictured) has been appointed head of development at UK indie Zig Zag Productions.
June 19, 2014

September Films exec Peter Wyles (pictured) has been appointed head of development at UK indie Zig Zag Productions.

Wyles – who was previously head of factual entertainment at DCD Media-owned prodco September Films – has served in senior roles at Endemol UK and RDF Media, and was also commissioning editor at Channel 5.

He has overseen programming in reality, documentary and factual entertainment with credits including The Big Breakfast (Channel 4), What The Butler Saw (Channel 4), Trouble in Paradise (ITV1), Wreck Detectives and The Real Holiday Show (Channel 4).

At September Films, Wyles created and exec produced the children’s series Richard Hammond’s Blast Lab for CBBC. He was also executive producer on Alan Whicker’s Journey of a Lifetime (BBC2) and The Tallest Tower: Building The Shard (Channel 4), among others.

“I’ve admired Peter’s work for a number of years and it’s great to finally have secured him as a member of the Zig Zag team,” said Zig Zag CEO Danny Fenton in a statement. “He brings considerable experience and knowledge as a commissioning editor, producer and development specialist to Zig Zag that will help equip us for the next chapter in our growth.”

Wyles added: “We want to build on the impressive slate of shows that Zig Zag makes in both the UK and the U.S. Following the success of I Wanna Marry Harry and Troy for Fox and Channel 4/E4, we want to develop more returnable formats in the factual, factual entertainment and entertainment genres.”

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