How's it looking in other industries
Anna Robb, Theatre Art Life
Danny Fenton, Zig Zag Productions
The events industry has been severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, but how has this affected other industries similar to ours? We hear from professionals working in the film, theatre and TV industries on how it has affected them and what they are doing to get back to business
Co-Founder Of TheatreArtLife.com, Producer, Production Stage Manager, Show Caller
Anna is an experienced Producer / Production Stage Manager / Show Caller with a demonstrated history of working in the entertainment industry. Skilled in Production Management, Show Calling, Resident Show Management and Show Production. Work history spans Asia Pacific, the Americas, the Middle East and Europe.
Danny founded Zig Zag in 1999 and has established the company as an innovative transatlantic television production company, respected for its eclectic approach to over 700 hours of programme making. The company is one of the largest remaining truly independent UK production companies. Prior to Zig Zag Danny began his career at the BBC and spent a brief time working with a number of UK production companies.
Danny is renowned in the international TV industry not only as a pioneer of audacious ideas, but he has a strong track record of unearthing new TV talent. Recent discoveries include magicians Dynamo and Troy and adventurer Richard Parks, whom he has taken to international audiences.
Danny is executive producer on all Zig Zag productions. Recent shows he has created include ‘I Wanna Marry Harry’ for Fox, ‘Scam City’ and ‘Apocalypse 101’ for National Geographic, ‘Troy’ for Channel 4 and ‘Xtreme Endurance: Race to the Pole’ for Channel 5. Other recent hit productions include ‘Body Bizarre’ for Discovery, ‘Split Second’ for Nickleodeon and ‘Ultimate Brain’ for CBBC.
Danny is a regular speaker at a major industry conferences, judge for several industry awards and a commentator in the international trade media.
Gareth is the Head of Film and Animation at ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based creative industries. He is leading on delivering the BFI’s action plan, Future Film Skills, and also manages the Film Skills Fund (formerly known as the film levy).
Gareth was previously co-founder and CEO of multi-award-winning Bedlam Productions, which was formed in 2000. He was producer of the critically acclaimed The King’s Speech, the highest grossing British independent film to date, which won four Academy Awards including Best Film and seven BAFTAs, including Best Film and Outstanding British Film. His other credits as producer include Zaytoun, BAFTA-nominated British war film Kajaki: The True Story and Exam, which was also nominated for a BAFTA and won Spirit and Dinard awards. His most recent film, Steel Country, starring Andrew Scott and Denise Gough, was released in Spring 2019. Gareth remains involved with Bedlam’s current projects as a non-executive director of the company.