Magical Elves Owner Tinopolis Invests in U.K. Production Firm Led by Former ITV Executive

Courtesy of Tinopolis
Thunderclap Media managing director Claire Zolkwer

Claire Zolkwer, who was most recently a commissioning editor for comedy and entertainment at ITV, leads Thunderclap Media as managing director.

U.K. TV production giant Tinopolis, which also owns such U.S. companies as Top Chef producer Magical Elves, has invested in Thunderclap Media, a new British production firm focusing a range of programming, including scripted and non-scripted entertainment and comedy.

Thunderclap joins Tinopolis’ portfolio of production companies, including Sunset+Vine, Mentorn Media, Firecracker, Pioneer, Daybreak Pictures, Fiction Factory and Tinopolis Cymru, as well as A. Smith & Co. and Magical Elves in the U.S. 

The size of the investment or Tinopolis' stake weren't disclosed.

Tinopolis, launched in Wales in 1990, is owned by its senior management team and private equity firm Vitruvian Partners.

Thunderclap was launched by Claire Zolkwer, who is leading it as managing director. Zolkwer was most recently a commissioning editor for comedy and entertainment at ITV, where she ordered such shows as Celebrity Juice, The Only Way Is Essex and The Jonathan Ross Show.

Before that, Zolkwer worked as a producer on shows including Big Brother, Pop Idol Extra and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here - Now.

"By concentrating on ideas, which will put a smile on viewers’ faces, Thunderclap is looking to uncover brand new formats to cater for the voracious appetite for content from the many different platforms in the market," she said. "I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the U.K.’s best producers and talent on some fantastic shows, so I’m under no illusion how difficult it can be, but this feels like the right time for me."

Tinopolis CEO Arwel Rees said: "Claire is a hugely talented and respected TV executive with a proven track record and a real nose for great entertainment shows. We’re delighted to welcome her to the larger group."

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