Zinc’s Red Sauce Scales Up Production & Development Teams


Red Sauce, part of Zinc Media Group, is expanding its London and Manchester production and development teams after being commissioned by Channel 5 for 52 hours of programming.

“We’ve had a fantastic response to the launch of Red Sauce,” said Tom Edwards, creative director at Red Sauce. “Volume commissions of returning series are the holy grail—and very precious. It enables us to invest in great production talent in London, and especially in Manchester, and significantly grow our presence.”

Edwards added, “We are also in the final stages of confirming a brand-funded series, as well as being in paid development on a high-profile talent-driven project, both for major broadcasters. And we will soon announce new hires that will double the size of our development team. It’s an extremely exciting time.”

Bargain Loving Brits in the Sun—Costa Living, a 40×60-minute commission for Channel 5, will be made by Red Sauce in Manchester. The observational documentary series charts the lives of Brits who’ve moved from the U.K. to Spain. This is in addition to the recommissions of Bargain Loving Brits in the Sun and Bargain Loving Brits by the Sea, which are already in production.

Red Sauce has also secured a ten-part series commission from Dave for Special Ops: Crime Squad UK, which gives viewers insight into the workings of the U.K.’s elite police task forces. Filming with numerous task forces across the country, the series will reveal the real, lived experiences for the police officers involved through exclusive interviews, archives, CCTV and body cam footage. The series will be made by Red Sauce in London.

Edwards said, “To up-scale our operations so early in Red Sauce’s life is a very exciting prospect, growing our team to more than 100 roles across this swathe of shows. The majority of these will be in Manchester, giving us a substantial and very experienced team both there and in London.”

Ben Smith, executive producer at Red Sauce, said, “Manchester has an incredibly vibrant and talented production community, so we are thrilled to be able to sign up so many production roles. And, of course, it’s incredibly exciting to be making the next generation of Bargain Loving Brits in such volume.”