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Zinc Television has hired the head of production at recently-closed indie Uplands TV to power up factual slate content across the group’s London and Manchester bases.

Nick Todd takes on the same role at the media group, with responsibility across current affairs label Brook Lapping, factual specialist Rex; Supercollider, which works with brands such as Red Bull on ‘genre-blending’ TV and commercial content; and popular factual outfit Red Sauce.

Working alongside managing director Tanya Shaw, Todd will also work with any new labels as the group expands further.

Uplands, which was backed by Channel 4’s Growth Fund, folded in October after founder David Olusoga decided to focus on his presenting and writing work. Its notable output included Channel 5’s 1,000 Years a Slave and BBC2’s A House Through Time.

Todd joined Uplands in August 2021 and was previously responsible for all productions and operations at BBC Studios Factual Entertainment and Events.

Shaw described Todd as “an inspirational leader”, adding: “His extensive experience of leading large-scale production units is perfectly complemented by his collaborative and supportive approach. That’s why he is perfectly placed to lead our London and Manchester labels as we look to further expand our specialist factual footprint.”



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