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Reef chief exec Richard Farmbrough steps down

Richard Farmbrough, Zinc Media’s commercial director and chief executive of Reef Television, is stepping down from his post. Reef’s MD Rob Dersley will continue to lead the company’s business affairs, while Rachel Platt, ...
February 15, 2018

Richard Farmbrough, Zinc Media’s commercial director and chief executive of Reef Television, is stepping down from his post.

Reef’s MD Rob Dersley will continue to lead the company’s business affairs, while Rachel Platt, head of features and formats, and Ben Weston, head of factual, will continue to run creative output alongside head of development Ann Walsh.

“This feels like the right time for me to move on and so I will be leaving Reef at the end of April and will be taking the summer and autumn off,” said Farmbrough, in a statement.” That means I have a good few months to pursue some of the fun things that Reef has showcased so admirably since we started making programs. Then, next year I will be back in the world of work to pursue the next, unknown, adventure.

TV and multimedia producer Zinc Media acquired Reef Television in July 2015, which Farmbrough started in 2003.

“We wish to thank Richard for all his strategic input and support, and fully understand that, after setting up Reef Television some 14 years ago, is looking for a new challenge. We wish him well in his future endeavors,” said Peter Bertram, Zinc Media chairman, in a statement.

At Reef, Farmbrough developed company strategy and led senior management. He was also the executive producer on most Reef projects and oversaw program development.

Farmbrough began his career at BBC Entertainment before moving to the in-house arts department, working on The Story of Painting, Bookworm and Home Front.

As a senior producer at Talkback Productions, he directed the BAFTA-nominated House Doctor, as well as co-creating and producing Your Money or Your Life.

He was also a series producer for CNN and an EP at Spire Films, where he made Return of the Architect for BBC4.

Elsewhere, Zinc has elevated David Galan to CEO, effiective immediately. The previous CEO, Mark Wood, stepped down in July 2016.

Galan joined Zinc Media as chief financial officer in January 2016 and took on the additional role as chief operating officer in July 2016.

 

 

 

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