Hungry Bear Media, the London-based indie founded by Dan Baldwin and Juliet Denison Gay, has partnered with The Repair Shop presenter Jay Blades to launch Hungry Jay Media.
Hungry Jay Media will focus its efforts on developing and producing a range of formats for linear television that will see Blades helming roles both in front of and behind the camera. The budding indie TV studio will also place a strong emphasis on creating opportunities for new production talent.
Blades (pictured) is best known for his role as presenter of BBC1′s primetime restoration series The Repair Shop, as well as serving as a regular contributor on BBC’s Money for Nothing. He is also the successful owner of the modern furniture restoration business, Jay & Co.
Founded in 2014, Hungry Bear Media is responsible for producing such UK-focused unscripted content and comedic panel shows as Michael McIntyre’s Big Show, All Round to Mrs Brown’s, Judge Romesh, Look Back to the Future, Bradley Walsh and Son, Breaking Dad and many more.
“If someone like me, who grew up in Hackney with no TV training can front a hit BBC1 show, then so can others from similar backgrounds,” said Blades in a statement. “I feel excited to team up with Hungry Bear. I feel at home.”
“We see this partnership with Jay as a long-term collaboration of creativity and social conscience. We can’t wait to reveal what we’ve been working on together,” added Baldwin.