Company history

Company history

Company history

Reef Television is an award-winning television production company with an international reputation for making high-quality programmes.

Reef has a distinguished track record producing innovative content for multiple broadcasters in both peak time and daytime slots and has made many hundreds of hours of factual programmes for networks including the BBC, Channel 4, Discovery, ITV, Channel 5, UKTV, and Scripps.

Reef creates formats and develops ideas across a range of factual and entertainment programmes genres and also has a state-of the-art in-house post production department that includes fully HD Avid edit suites.

Reef Television was founded in 2003 by company CEO Richard Farmbrough, who was formerly a producer at the BBC and at Talkback Productions. The company’s Managing Director is Paul Hanrahan and Lucy Underwood is Head of Production. Ben Weston is Head of Specialist Factual, and Rachel Platt is Head of Daytime.

Upcoming productions include series three of ‘French Collection’ for Channel 4 and series three of 'Selling Houses With Amanda Lamb'. The company has produced two further landmark films for BBC Two; the Emmy-nominated ‘Messiah at the Foundling Hospital’ and ‘Leningrad and the Orchestra That Defied Hitler’. Other successful shows include two series of ‘Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages’ and ‘Selling Houses with Amanda Lamb’ for More 4, ‘Britain’s Craziest Christmas Lights’ for Channel 5 and ‘The Story of Now’ for ITV telling the story of the global music brand that is Now That’s What I Call Music, ‘Behind Closed Doors’ (Channel 5); ‘Britain’s Hidden Heritage' (BBC One) and ‘Thames Wildlife Superhighway’ (ITV).

The company’s shows have sold in multiple territories around the world. In addition to broadcaster-commissioned shows, Reef has pioneered alternative funding models, including AFP and sponsorship deals.

In July 2015 Reef Television was acquired by Ten Alps PLC which has since rebranded as Zinc Media.