Leach (pictured, left) currently serves as CEO of Twofour, with MacKenzie (right) as CCO. The two are currently concluding talks that will give ITV Studios a minority stake in South Shore.
South Shore’s output will span documentary, popular factual and entertainment. Leach and MacKenzie will remain at the helm of Twofour until the new company launches at a future date to be announced. Twofour CFO and COO Anthony Hughes will join them at South Shore.
Leach and MacKenzie’s credits at Twofour include Educating, The Jump and Sink or Swim on Channel 4; This Time Next Year and Ibiza Weekender on ITV; Hotel Inspector on Channel 5; and The Real Marigold Hotel on BBC.
“Mel and Andy have been the driving force behind Twofour’s huge success over the last few years and have been behind an array of brilliant shows from the Educating series to The Real Marigold Hotel,” said Julian Bellamy, managing director of ITV Studios, in a statement. “They’re a truly formidable creative partnership and leave the company in rude health with a great senior team in place, and I am looking forward to their next chapter and the immense potential of South Shore.”
“We’ve enjoyed every moment of growing Twofour into the brilliant brand that it is today,” added Leach and MacKenzie. “Now feels like the natural point to hand the company onto a new team and we’re leaving it in great hands. We’re very excited to be working with Julian and ITV Studios again as we embark on our next adventure.”
Tim Carter, managing director of ITV Studios-owned label MultiStory Media (formerly Shiver), will assume a newly-created role at the helm of both of Twofour and MultiStory, with both labels retaining their separate identities and existing teams.
As MD, Carter led the rebrand of MultiStory Media from Shiver, including overseeing the company’s first SVOD commission with The Big Flower Fight for Netflix and its first BBC One primetime show, the forthcoming fashion format You Are What You Wear.
“Over the past decade, Twofour has created some of the landmark moments in British television,” said Carter. “It’s synonymous with creative derring-do and I can’t wait to launch its next chapter with the talented people there.”