Andrew Zein is to quit as managing director of Tiger Aspect after 13 years to join Warner Bros International Television Distribution’s new London-based production unit. Reports suggest that Zein is planning to buy many of the UK’s leading indies with the aim to remake British versions of successful US shows.
The Guardian state that Zein, “Will join Warner Bros as senior vice president, creative, format development and sales, in the company’s recently formed international television production unit.”
Zein has been given the task of consulting Warner Bros’ back catalogue for formats that can be reversioned for the UK market. It will be looking to mirror the success of NBC’s Law and Order, which has been remade by Kudos for ITV1.
Zein became managing director of Tiger Aspect in 2001, working closely with Chairman Peter Bennett Jones, and overseeing the launch of television hits such as, The Catherine Tate Show and children’s show, Charlie and Lola.
As a former Chairman and vice Chairman of the UK’s Producers Alliance of Cinema and Television (PACT), Zein has successfully fought hard for independent production companies to receive a greater share of the proceeds from their shows.
Commenting on his new position, Zein said, “My role is to make sure Warner Bros is making the most of all the intellectual property it’s got. The Warner catalogue has formats in there that we hope to reversion for foreign markets – not just in the UK. The brief is more international than that.”