Zinc Media has tapped Jago Lee as creative director of Blakeway Productions, dedicated to specialist factual programs focusing on history, archaeology, natural history, arts and music.
Lee was serving as creative director at Antenna Pictures, Blue Ant’s U.K. production studio, where he was responsible for creating factual content for the full range of U.K. and U.S. broadcasters. Prior to Antenna Pictures, Lee was head of documentaries at Tiger Aspect before setting up Nerd TV in 2010, now part of Red Arrow.
Greg Sanderson, acting managing director at Zinc Media London, said: “Blakeway has undergone an exciting period of change in the last few years—building on its incredible track record in the U.K. by moving into premium factual series like Lost Cities with Albert Lin for National Geographic and producing natural-history series like The Wonderful World of Puppies for Channel 5 and the forthcoming series The Farm for Love Nature. I’m really excited that Jago, working alongside Zinc’s other specialist factual expert Emma Hindley (BAFTA-winning Suffragettes with Lucy Worsely), is now joining to push that growth yet further. There are very few people in the market with Jago’s breadth of experience—from broadcasters and brands in the U.K., through projects for the major U.S. streamers, to innovative audio-to-tv production for podcast platforms. His reputation for creativity, innovation and excellence makes him a natural addition to our team.”
Lee commented: “Zinc Media’s production companies have a depth and breadth of experience coupled with a reputation for quality which is hard to beat. Blakeway’s particular success in innovative specialist factual is second to none and I’m looking forward to helping drive their growth plans, diversifying the genres and formats they produce, as well as the spectrum of platforms they work with. I’m thrilled to be joining at such an exciting time.”