Twofour’s Melanie Leach & Andrew MacKenzie Set New Production Venture


Twofour CEO Melanie Leach and CCO Andrew MacKenzie are launching the new production company South Shore.

South Shore’s output will span documentary, popular factual and entertainment. Twofour CFO and COO Anthony Hughes will also join Leach and MacKenzie at South Shore.

Acquired in 2015 by ITV Studios, Twofour has a regional base in Plymouth and a base in Cardiff. ITV Studios will take a minority stake in their new company.

Tim Carter, managing director of MultiStory Media, will take on a newly created role that will place him at the helm of Twofour and MultiStory. Both labels will retain their separate identities and existing teams.

Julian Bellamy, managing director of ITV Studios, said: “Mel and Andy have been the driving force behind Twofour’s huge success over the last few years and have been behind an array of brilliant shows from the Educating series to The Real Marigold Hotel. They’re a truly formidable creative partnership and leave the company in rude health with a great senior team in place, and I am looking forward to their next chapter and the immense potential of South Shore.

“I’m delighted that Tim has agreed to lead Twofour and MultiStory into this exciting new era. Tim has taken MultiStory to the next level since he joined in 2018 and his passion and creative vision makes him the ideal choice to build on Mel and Andy’s fantastic legacy.”

Leach and MacKenzie said: “We’ve enjoyed every moment of growing Twofour into the brilliant brand that it is today. Now feels like the natural point to hand the company onto a new team and we’re leaving it in great hands. We’re very excited to be working with Julian and ITV Studios again as we embark on our next adventure.”

Carter added: “Over the past decade, Twofour has created some of the landmark moments in British television. It’s synonymous with creative derring-do and I can’t wait to launch its next chapter with the talented people there.”