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 factual and factual entertainment genres and also has an outstanding in-house post production department.

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 Director of Production is Rob Dersley and Lucy Underwood is Joint Head of Production alongside Justine Field. Rachel Platt is Head of Features and Formats and Ben Weston is Head of Factual.

Reef's productions include multiple series of 'Penelope Keith's Hidden Villages', 'French Collection' and 'Selling Houses With Amanda Lamb' for Channel 4; alongside BBC Daytime's hit show 'Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is' and upcoming 'Getting the Builders In'. The company has produced multiple landmark music films for BBC Two including the Emmy-nominated 'Messiah at the Foundling Hospital' and 'Leningrad and the Orchestra That Defied Hitler'. Other successful shows include '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.