• Mentorn Media’s documentary, Angry, White and Proud, directed by Jamie Roberts, has been nominated in both the Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme — Domestic and Best Newcomer Documentary categories for The Grierson Trust’s 2015 British Documentary Awards, it was announced today (TUES).

     Angry, White and Proud aired on Channel 4 in January 2015. The powerful and shocking documentary delved into the world of the far-right in the UK.

     In his first full length film, director Jamie Roberts spent a year getting to know members of the far-right: men who called themselves “patriots” but included some who openly admitted to being racist and hating Muslims. With unprecedented access Jamie captured all aspects of their lives: from violent street protests and dramatic police arrests, to the surprising reality of their domestic lives. It gave an unflinching look at their extreme views on religion, race and immigration. The documentary also gave us an insight into the hidden agendas, and motivations of the men who have dedicated themselves to the far right.

  • The fast growing super indie Tinopolis Group announces today that it has appointed Wall to Wall’s, Jonathan Hewes as CEO of Mentorn Media and Pioneer Productions.

    Hewes, one of British television’s most respected and successful executives, will be responsible for the day to day running of both production companies and will report jointly to Arwel Rees, CEO of the Tinopolis Group and John Willis, Creative Director of the Tinopolis Group and Chairman of Mentorn Media. Stuart Carter, founder of Pioneer Productions, is also stepping down from his role as Chairman of the company.

    Hewes has worked at Wall to Wall for 20 years, where he held senior roles as Head of Factual Programmes, Creative Director, Deputy Chief Executive and most recently Head of International. Jonathan was involved in the development and production of a wide range of the company’s programming for broadcasters around the world, including all of the major UK broadcasters, National Geographic Channel, PBS, HBO and Discovery. Jonathan also initiated Wall to Wall’s move into theatrical documentaries with Oscar and BAFTA-winning Man On Wire, which he executive produced. Hewes began his broadcasting career as a journalist with BBC’s Nationwide before moving on to be a producer of Britain’s legendary rock show The Tube, prior to joining Wall to Wall in 1995.

    Arwel Rees says, “Jonathan brings with him a wealth of industry knowledge and award winning programming experience on the international stage, so we are delighted to welcome him to the Tinopolis Group. Both companies are renowned for producing great content for broadcasters around the world, and Jonathan has all the skills to guide them to the exciting next stage of their development.”

    Jonathan Hewes, says, “It was going to take something special to tempt me away from Wall to Wall after 20 years, but the opportunity at Mentorn Media and Pioneer Productions, two more great names in UK factual production, is just that. Both companies have outstanding reputations both in the UK and internationally, and I’m excited to work with both teams to help them continue to build on their success.”

    Jonathan will commence his role as CEO of Mentorn Media and Pioneer Productions on 24 August. Mentorn Media’s existing catalogue of factual programming includes Question Time (BBC One), Fried Chicken Shop (Channel 4) and An Idiot Abroad (Sky1). Pioneer Productions’ key shows include Treasures of the Earth (NOVA and KBS Korea), How the Universe Works (Discovery Science), How the Earth Works (Channel 4), Monsters Behind the Iron Curtain (NGCI and Animal Planet) and Mail Order Murder (Investigation Discovery).   

    The Tinopolis Group is a world-class international media producer and distributor of factual, entertainment, sport, drama, reality and branded content. It is one of the largest remaining independent television producers with significant business bases in London, Wales, Glasgow and LA, producing high quality content for all key networks in both the US and the UK and for a fast-growing stable of brands and agencies.

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    About The Tinopolis Group

    The Tinopolis Group is dedicated to the creation and global distribution of world-class content. It is one of the largest remaining independent television producers with significant business bases in London, Wales, Glasgow and LA, producing high quality content for all key networks in both the US and the UK and for a fast-growing stable of brands and agencies. Tinopolis produces and distributes over 2,500 hours of award-winning broadcast and online content from major producers, including A. Smith and Co, Firecracker Films, Magical Elves, Mentorn Media, Passion Distribution, Pioneer Productions, Sunset + Vine and Tinopolis Wales/Cymru.

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