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Zig Zag Productions hires Ronnie Krensel to oversee U.S. operations

Emmy Award-winning executive producer and showrunner Ronnie Krensel has joined British indie Zig Zag Productions to lead the company’s stateside operations. Krensel (pictured) will serve as executive vice president of Zig ...
November 11, 2019

Emmy Award-winning executive producer and showrunner Ronnie Krensel has joined British indie Zig Zag Productions to lead the company’s stateside operations.

Krensel (pictured) will serve as executive vice president of Zig Zag USA with responsibility for leading the development process and pitching content to international streamers, digital platforms and U.S. networks.

Based in New York, he will report directly into Zig Zag CEO Danny Fenton.

Krensel has previously helmed comedy, adventure and science series for ABC, A&E, Discovery, BBC, History, TLC, Youtube Red, HGTV and PBS.

His documentary A Matter of Degrees, about inner-city education, was recognized with an Emmy Award and awarded silver medals at the Toronto and Columbus film festivals. Krensel’s YouTube Premium travelogue Finding Football was also nominated for an Emmy Award last year.

“I’ve admired Ronnie’s work for a number of years and his considerable experience will help us expand our U.S. footprint even further,” said Zig Zag Productions CEO Danny Fenton┬áin a statement.

“Creativity and originality have never been more important in our industry,” added Krensel. “I’m excited to be joining a group with a 20-year record of creating exciting and innovative content for networks, streamers, digital platforms and advertisers.”

The London-headquartered Zig Zag has produced more than 650 hours of non-scripted programming since its founding in 1999 by Fenton.

In October, the firm inked an unscripted co-production partnership with Sherman Oaks-based indie prodco and distributor GRB Studios. The pact sees the two companies jointly shopping and producing non-scripted projects on both sides of the Atlantic.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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