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Zig Zag Productions is one of the UK’s foremost independent television production companies formed in 1999 by Danny Fenton.
With offices in London, New York and Northern Ireland, Zig Zag has produced over 1000 hours of non scripted programming and has grown to become an internationally recognised, respected and award winning television producer both in the UK, USA and internationally. Zig Zag has produced programming for broadcasters including BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Five, TLC, MTV, Fox, National Geographic, Discovery, OWN, Logo and Syfy. The company has also won numerous awards including the Rose D’or for Best Format.
Zig Zag was recently voted 6th in the Televisual top UK indies survey. Also rated 10th top sports producer, 7th top factual producer, and 9th in the top specialist factual producers in the most recent Broadcast Indie Survey and is consistently listed in the Realscreen Global 100 Top Independent Production Companies.
Meet the Team
Danny Fenton is the C.E.O of Zig Zag Productions and has overseen the launch of Zig Zag offices in New York, Manchester. He Executive Produces all Zig Zag content.
He is also the founder of NIPA (New Independent Producers Alliance).
Danny is a regular speaker at the following conferences:- Sheffield Documentary Festival, EBU Factual Entertainment Conference, Realscreen, The Format Convention. As an experienced judge Danny is often asked to judge Broadcast, RTS and Bafta award ceremonies.
Matt manages all Commercial opportunities, off-air rights exploitation and the management and creation of new content for digital platforms such as Zig Zag’s YouTube channels.
Matt has worked as a New Business Executive, Branded Content Agent, Senior Director at Viacom International Media Networks, overseen the content output of the CEEMEA music brands, and commissioned content for MTV International.
Prior to that, he was Head of Production & Relationship Manager at MTV Networks Internationals Emerging Markets.
Mia is one of Zig Zag’s longest serving employees and has been an integral part of the company’s senior management team for the last 20 years, fulfilling a number of different roles.
Mia now runs the sales and distribution arm of Zig Zag’s impressive back catalogue.
Head of Production
Wendi started at ITV in 1998 and has worked her way up the Production ladder for the last 18 years. She worked in Entertainment as a Line Producer on Text Santa and Surprise Surprise but has also worked as Production Manager on Tricked, Dancing on Ice and I’m a Celebrity, Ich Bin Ein Star, This Morning, Saving Gazza, Overseas Predator, The Comedy Annual, High Stakes, The Door, Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, Cops with Cameras... to name just a few.
Wendi moved to ZigZag as Head of Production to cover maternity leave in 2016 but we loved her so much, she remained to oversee all of the company’s production output and management of any production teams!
Head of Entertainment
Andy started his career at BBC Manchester’s Youth Entertainment & Features department, working with Dennis Pennis and setting the tone for what has been a fun-packed career.
Seminal shows Andy has worked on include Eurotrash, Banzai, and the 11 O’Clock Show, producing material for Iain Lee, Ricky Gervais, and Sacha Baron Cohen.
After spells with Objective Productions, as the showrunner of first series of long-running hit The Real Hustle, and global science/magic format Breaking Magic for Discovery, and Cineflix, creating hit series Urban Legends for SyFychannel, Andy joined ITV Studios. There he created Trickedwhich was a global hidden camera/magic prank format, sold all over the world.
Head of Archive
After a long spell with a Swiss based company as Int. TV Marketing and Advertising Manager on the F1 sponsorship, as well as a short spell with a few Indie production companies, Denis joined Zig Zag Productions in 2005 as an archivist, going onto become Head of Archive. In 2012 Denis was honoured with the FOCAL International Award for the Best Archivist of the Year.
Denis is part of the Training Committee at the Federation of Commercial Audio-Visual Libraries in London as well as an occasional archive expert guest speaker and panellist at Westminster University, FOCAL Annual Footage Training Week and Broadcast TECH events.
Sally spent 3 years at a New Zealand based accountancy firm Nesbitt, Scott & Williams before moving to the UK where she spent 9 years at the BBC working in the Genre Commissioning accounts team.
After a brief stint in the Business Service industry Sally returned to the TV industry when she joined Zig Zag in 2005.
Sally has become an integral part of the Zig Zag team taking on greater responsibilities and running the day to day management accounts and cash flow forecasts.
Elliot ran a comedy YouTube channel before starting his TV career as an intern at Endemol Shine. Whilst there he was fortunate enough to have a quiz he created and developed be offered a C4 pilot and enjoyed pitching to both UK and international broadcasters.
Since then he’s helped develop and launch shows for BBC1, ITV and MTV such as Tenable, Take Off With Bradley & Holly and Celebrity Bumps. He loves working across genres, with a particular passion for Entertainment, Reality, Fact Ent and Quiz.
His superpower is that all animals love him… except a Turkey in France one time, but he was in the wrong.