TBEN Studios Acquires ‘Inside The Factory’ Producer Voltage TV


TBEN Studios continues its acquisitions in the UK.

It has taken full ownership of Voltage TV, the London-based unscripted indie behind British series such as TBEN Two’s In the factoryITVs TBEN journey and Channel 4s The British Tribe Next Door.

This is the first time the TBEN’s commercial arm has jumped directly to a 100% stake in a producer. It usually builds on the game for several years before taking full control – a model it used last month to buy drama producer Firebird Pictures.

Among those benefiting from the deal is Channel 4, whose Channel 4 Growth Fund had a minority stake in Voltage in 2015.

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Sanjay Singhal and Steve Nam founded Voltage in 2013. They have a steady relationship with TBEN Studios, who TBEN journey as an international format, and their indie will sit alongside factual divisions such as The Natural History Unit, Events Production, Factual Entertainment Productions, The Documentary Unit and The Science Unit within TBEN Studios.

“We’ve admired Voltage for a long time, so when the opportunity presented itself, we quickly decided to take over the company completely,” said TBEN Studios CEO Ralph Lee. “The breadth and quality of their slate perfectly complements actual entertainment and actual TBEN Studios Productions brands. We are excited to support them and look forward to working even more closely with Sanjay, Steve and the team to grow the business.”

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Voltage has produced shows for all the major UK broadcasters and is currently in production for an undisclosed show for Netflix, The False Sheik for Prime Video and Channel 4 and Roku reality format Seductive fortune. It has also started scripting a feature film in development with Lighthouse Film and TV, Spoonabout the infamous Prince Andrew news evening interview, based on former Newsnight producer Sam McAlister’s Scoops: Behind the scenes of the TBEN’s most shocking interviews. TBEN’s Baz Bamigboye announced the news about the film in July.

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“I started at the TBEN exactly 30 years ago as an intern. Then it produced programs that were world-renowned — and it still is,” Singhal said. .”

Nam added: “When TBEN Studios approached us, it just felt like a natural fit, and I’m a firm believer in my instincts. Our distribution relationship with TBEN Studios dates back to the launch of Voltage and we look forward to continuing to thrive through their impressive global reach.”

It was a busy day for mergers and acquisitions in the TV production space, with Banijay buying a majority stake in Israel’s MoviePlus Productions and Fremantle picking up 72 films.