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Ten Alps turns into Zinc

UK-based TV production, communications and publishing firm Ten Alps is rebranding as Zinc Media following a period of restructuring.

The business will change its name from tomorrow but will retain its TV brands, which include Blakeway, Brook Lapping, Films of Record and Reef Television.

Mark Wood, Ten Alps CEO, said the name change “is an important milestone in the reorganisation and transformation of the company, marking a clear break with the past, and we now have the opportunity to redefine the identity and ambition of the group.”

He added: “This is an exciting and dynamic media organisation which is focused on growing as a global TV producer, communications and branded-content business and a cross-platform publisher.

Ten Alps acquired factual producer Reef Television in a reverse takeover last year at the same time as the UK indie group’s founder, Sir Bob Geldof, stepped down from the board.

It also raised £4.5m (US$6.24m) in a new funding round and restructured its debt, subsequently making an investment in drama prodco Chrysalis Vision.

The firm had previously refinanced in 2010 after recording a £13m loss in the first half of the year when the UK government withdrew funding for its Teachers TV network, leaving it nursing a bank debt of £6.65m.

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