Director Mike Christie is to lead a new label for Zinc Media as the company continues its structural and commercially-focused transformation.
Over 20 years, Christie has worked in specialist factual, primarily in music, sports and arts, as well as live events and short-form branded films.
Zinc said the label would enable Christie to build on the ‘adventurous, daring and intelligent’ shows he has been making under his own banner ChristieHQ, including branded content.
Supercollider’s first project, described by Christie as “a major, branded action film”, is already in the works.
Christie’s best-known work includes Channel 4 doc Inside Incredible Athletes, which launched the broadcaster’s 2012 Paralympic campaign. He also made two acclaimed parkour films for the channel, Jump London and Jump Britain, and another urban sports special, Concrete Circus, for Sky.
He has also made music docs with New Order and Suede, plus the Grierson-nominated Hansard Studios: By The Wall 1976-90, for Sky, as well as recent doc Offended by Irvine Welsh.
His BBC docs include Sir Alex Ferguson: Secrets of Success, Lives Less Ordinary and Little Britain Down Under.
Zinc’s director, London television, Greg Sanderson said: “An instinctive blender of genres, Mike has mixed factual and sport, action and art to create huge event pieces for television.
"Supercollider, with Mike’s wealth of cross-genre expertise, brings a whole new angle to our family of labels. Supercollider will very much build on the tone and style of Mike’s recent films for his own company.”
Christie added: “There is an ever-increasing opportunity in today’s production landscape to create destination films and events - and fusing genres and creating unexpected convergences makes truly stand-out programming.”