Ten Alps is to bring three of its production companies under the Blakeway banner to capitalise on the factual indie’s reputation.
Ten Alps TV, 3BM and Ten Alps Midlands will be merged into Blakeway immediately.
The move will see Blakeway’s remit extend into formats and factual entertainment, previously the domain of Ten Alps TV.
Former Ten Alps TV head Sam Cash will join the Blakeway management team as executive producer for factual entertainment, while Anna Watson becomes head of production and Charles Hunter becomes executive producer at Blakeway North.
The newly enlarged indie is headed by the editorial director of Ten Alps’ broadcast arm, Fiona Stourton, and founder Denys Blakeway. Ten Alps’ other documentary production company, Brook Lapping, will continue to operate separately.
Stourton said: “Blakeway is a distinctive brand with a strong reputation among commissioners for compelling journalism and integrity, so it makes creative and business sense to bring the other Ten Alps brands together under this one banner.
“We are seeing increasing crossover between genres and this move will enable us to exploit this crossover to the full.”
Blakeway has secured a number of commissions, including two Dispatches for Channel 4 and a Storyville documentary for BBC4 and BBC2 about the fall of Communism to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 2009.
BBC2 has also ordered a one-hour documentary to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Enoch Powell’s “rivers of blood” speech, while C4 has commissioned a 60-minute programme about the role of aristocrats in the Second World War.
Blakeway will make a second series of Top Dog for Animal Planet and is producing a pilot about starting up a magazine business for broadcast on MTV. If successful it will be turned into a 10-part series.