Tinopolis Group, announces today that Firecracker Films has set up a new venture in Glasgow, expanding the group’s operations in Scotland and cementing its commitment to the country.
The fast growing superindie, the Tinopolis Group, announces today that Firecracker Films has set up a new venture in Glasgow, expanding the group’s operations in Scotland and cementing its commitment to the country.
The new venture will see Firecracker build on its output of high impact, popular factual programming within the nations and invest in local talent.
Firecracker has appointed Elspeth O'Hare as Creative Director of Firecracker Scotland. Elspeth joins from IWC, where she served as Head of Documentaries and built an impressive slate of programming for key broadcasters, including Britain's Benefit Tenants (Channel 4), Insane Fight Club (BBC One) and Big Body Squad (Channel 5).
Producer Jennifer Gilroy, who has developed successful commissions for the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel Five, and has recently series produced The Council (BBC), will also join the team in Glasgow, who are already in advanced negotiations with Channel 4 about an innovative factual entertainment format to be produced out of Scotland.
Firecracker Scotland will be based at the Ingram Street hub where fellow group members Mentorn Scotland and Sunset+Vine are already well established. Both production companies have made a number of shows within the country, including long running series Robot Wars (BBC Two), Question Time (BBC One) and Traffic Cops (BBC One/Channel 5), and all of BBC Scotland’s independently produced sport since 2007, includingfootball (Scottish Cup, Internationals, World Cup qualifiers) and rugby (Melrose Sevens).
Firecracker will continue Tinopolis' investment in nurturing local talent by following in the footsteps of Sunset+Vine, whose successful training programme for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games saw a number of trainees remain in the industry and proceed to join the Robot Wars production team.
Jes Wilkins, Chief Creative Officer, Firecracker: ''We've produced two recent series in Scotland and it's a natural progression for us to establish a permanent base there. Elspeth is a talented and well respected business winning executive producer as well as being a lovely person, so we’re delighted to be embarking on this new venture with her and Jennifer, to create exciting new Firecracker shows out of Glasgow.”
Elspeth O'Hare, Creative Director, Firecracker Scotland: “I have always admired the innovation and creativity of Firecracker. Its commitment and investment in a new Scottish centre of production is an exciting opportunity and I can't wait to get started.”
Arwel Rees, CEO, Tinopolis Group: “Firecracker’s new venture in Scotland is a testament to how much we value our presence within the country. Through Sunset+Vine, Mentorn and now Firecracker we are a significant player in Scottish television, making programmes for Scotland but also from Scotland to UK networks and beyond. Having a base in Glasgow will enable Firecracker to create even more opportunities for high quality content to be produced by locally sourced talent. We hope this further expansion will be seen as a sign of our commitment to making Scotland a truly world class centre for TV production.”
The Tinopolis Group has been established in Scotland for over a decade, having produced a number of flagship shows within the country including Robot Wars,which was recently commissioned for a second series byfor BBC Two. Together with Mentorn Scotland it has created an international hub for the series, encouraging other production companies and broadcasters to use the hub for their local versions.