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Zinc Media Group raises $4.6 million to accelerate UK, U.S. growth

London-based content and media producer Zinc Media Group has secured £3.5 million (US$4.56m) in investment funding to fuel further growth through a recent City fundraising round. The backing comes from existing ...
January 17, 2020

London-based content and media producer Zinc Media Group has secured £3.5 million (US$4.56m) in investment funding to fuel further growth through a recent City fundraising round.

The backing comes from existing shareholders and a number of new institutional investors, and will be utilized to further bolster Zinc’s footing throughout the UK while also supporting growth plans into the U.S. marketplace.

Zinc Media operates in Belfast, Glasgow, Manchester and London, with an emerging base in Bristol, and houses six factual television production studios including Blakeway, Blakeway North, Brook Lapping, Films of Record, Reef and Tern Television.

The financing, which equates to US$4.2 million after associated costs, will also be used to invest in new post production technologies throughout Zinc’s nations and regions offices in the UK and expanding its marketing communications agency, Zinc Communicate.

“As well as strengthening our TV footprint in the UK, we are also securing more U.S. commissions, so [we] need to invest further behind this growth,” said Zinc Media CEO Mark Browning in a statement. “We have a fantastic senior creative team and this additional funding will help us extend that team even further. There is no better time for us to be investing in our creative growth.”

Recent programs from the group include Brook Lapping’s Inside Europe: Ten Years of Turmoil (3 x 60 minutes for BBC2) and Why Are Our Politicians So Crap? with Jeremy Paxman (1 x 60 minutes for Channel 5); Blakeway’s Lost Cities with Albert Lin (6 x 60 minutes for National Geographic) and Fighter Pilots: The Real Top Gun (3 x 60 minutes for ITV); Films of Record’s The Trans Women Athlete Dispute with Martina Navratilova (1 x 60 minutes for BBC1) and The Sound of Movie Musicals (3 x 60 minutes for BBC4); Reef’s Critical Incident (10 x 30 minutes for BBC One); and Tern Television’s Emergency Helicopter Medics (10 x 60 minutes for More 4) and The Bone Detectives: Britain’s Buried Secrets (8 x 60 minutes for Channel 4).

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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