UK-based factual TV and multimedia content company Zinc Media Group has appointed industry veteran Tanya Shaw as the new managing director for Zinc Television.
Shaw (pictured) is an award-winning former factual commissioning editor and executive producer. In her new role at Zinc, she’ll be responsible for the company’s London- and Manchester-based TV labels as well as accelerating the growth of Zinc’s premium unscripted content, both domestically and internationally. Shaw will report to Zinc Media Group CEO Mark Browning, and will assume her new role at the beginning of November.
In her new position, Shaw will lead labels including Blakeway, home of specialist factual programming focusing on history, archaeology, natural history, arts and music; Brook Lapping, which specializes in current affairs and investigations; Films of Record, which produces premium access documentaries; Red Sauce, which houses popular factual and formats from London and the regions; and Supercollider, home to genre-blending content for TV and brands. Shaw will also head up new labels as Zinc TV expands into new factual genres.
Shaw was previously managing director of Shine TV for six years, where she oversaw a variety of factual series, including the global hit MasterChef, MasterChef: The Professionals and Celebrity MasterChef. She also helped grow the brands Hunted and The Island with Bear Grylls into returning series.
Prior to Shine TV, Shaw was commissioning editor of features and formats at the BBC, where key commissions included The Great Interior Design Challenge, Mary Berry Cooks and Rick Stein’s India. While she was commissioning editor, specialist factual at Channel 4, commissions included Alone in the Wild, Tsunami: Caught on Camera, Elephant: Life After Death, Four Rooms, The Food Hospital and Hippo: Wild Feast Live. She was also creative director of Silver River and has numerous production credits including series one of The Apprentice, which earned her a BAFTA.
“Tanya is one of the most outstanding creative and commercial heads in the UK, widely recognized as an inspirational and engaging leader,” said Browning in a release. “She has built an outstanding network of contacts, both domestically and internationally, and has a rich track record of programme making. Our London and Regional teams have had a huge amount of success recently, with commissions across the full range of factual, but there is so much more we can achieve. Tanya’s creative leadership and her passion for creating impactful, innovative content, makes her the ideal person to lead our creative teams.”
Added Shaw: “Zinc’s creative richness and premium quality is renowned worldwide. Their companies make outstanding programming which resonates around the world, and I’m looking forward to helping drive their growth plans, diversifying their customer base, and strengthening their already-world-class creative team. It is clear that Zinc is a company that is now going places and I’m thrilled to be joining at such an exciting moment in their growth journey.”