Former Shine TV chief effectively replaces Greg Sanderson 

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Zinc Media has appointed former Shine TV chief Tanya Shaw as managing director.

Shaw, who left Banijay-owned Shine in March, will take up her position in November. As managing director, she will lead Zinc’s portfolio of labels including specialist factual-focused Blakeway, current affairs and investigations outfit Brook Lapping, access docs producer Films of Record, popular factual and formats indie Red Sauce, and multi-genre Supercollider.

She will also steer new labels as Zinc expands into other factual genres, as part of its growth strategy.

Reporting into Zinc chief exec Mark Browning, Shaw effectively replaces former incumbent Greg Sanderson, who stepped down earlier this month as director of Zinc’s London labels.

As managing director of Shine, Shaw oversaw numerous high-profile factual series, including global hit formats MasterChef, MasterChef: The Professionals and Celebrity MasterChef. She also grew international formats Hunted and The Island with Bear Grylls into returners.

Prior to Shine, she was a commissioning editor of features and formats at the BBC and a specialist factual commissioner at Channel 4.

Browning described Shaw as “one of the most outstanding creative and commercial heads in the UK, widely recognised as an inspirational and engaging leader”.

“She has built an outstanding network of contacts, both domestically and internationally, and has a rich track record of programme making,” he added.