29 March 2021
Leading Nations factual producer Tern Television, part of Zinc Media Group, has announced a push to further diversify in unscripted with the appointment of David Marshall as Head of Entertainment.
Harry Bell, Managing Director, Tern Television, says: “David joins Tern as one of the Nations’ great new entertainment talents. Having learnt his trade on some of Britain’s most popular formats, he thinks big and plays big. He’s the perfect fit.
“Building on our roster of factual returners in documentary, crime, arts and history David will genre-bend the brand. Innovative escapism, new game formats and noisy disrupters are what channels crave and we can create. It’s time to shine in entertainment.
With UK channels increasingly turning to Out-of-London for schedule-anchors and, with Glasgow’s new 10,000 square foot shiny floor studio due to open in 2023, the timing is perfect.”
BAFTA-nominated Marshall’s diverse background spans entertainment, factual and factual entertainment formats as well as reality programming. He joins Tern from Glasgow’s Beezr Studios where he held the role of Head of Factual Entertainment and Formats, running both production and development teams and helping grow the company’s slate of returnable formats. Prior to this David was Series Producer of the popular BBC One quiz show Impossible and launched Tern’s studio-based dating format Love Song. He has also worked as a key development producer at STV, IWC and BBC Studios, created new formats for Sky, Channel 4 and BBC Three and worked on several of the world’s biggest brands including X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and Big Brother.
David Marshall says: “This is an exciting time for studio-based entertainment in Scotland and I’m thrilled to be joining one of the UK’s most experienced Nations’ producers as they look to make the natural progression to shiny floor and formats. I am really pleased to be reunited with the wonderful team at Tern both to help drive this new move and build on their highly-respected factual entertainment output.”
Marshall begins his role on 6 April. He will report to Harry Bell, Managing Director, Tern Television.