Ten Alps adds 3BM to current affairs portfolio

Award-winning production company Ten Alps has acquired specialist history and factual producer 3BM Television.

Ten Alps paid £630,000 plus a further £470,000 in cash and shares, subject to certain budgetary and profit measures being met over the next two years.

Ten Alps owns a number of production companies, including Brook Lapping Productions, whose documentaries include The Fall of Milosevic and The Death of Yugoslavia.

A company of 18 staff with production centres in London and Bath, 3BM has recently made Germ Warfare: Dr Kelly’s Last Interview for Channel 4.

It also has a number of commissions in the pipeline to the tune of £2m, making it an attractive buy for Ten Alps.

These include Warlords, a four-part history series for Channel 4 and Zero Hour, a five-part history series for the Discovery Channel.

Alex Connock, Ten Alps’s chief executive and co-founder, along with Sir Bob Geldof, said 3BM was a first-class producer with an excellent team, programming slate and library.

“Its historical programming expertise and its strong client base offer a boost to Ten Alps’s ambition of becoming the leading independent production player in the factual TV field,” he said.

Ten Alps’s finance director, Nitil Patel, insisted there were no plans for redundancies at 3BM, which will continue to be run as a separate unit, much like Brook Lapping Productions.

Meanwhile, Brook Lapping has recently won a number of commissions from ITV and BBC Two.

A 90-minute documentary on Harold Shipman for ITV is due to be completed by the summer and will be produced and directed by Carole Peters, maker of the channel’s To Kill and Kill Again series, as well as a sixparter on life in a women’s prison with the working-title Bulwood.

Ten Alps will also produce three one-hour films for BBC Two and international broadcasters, entitled Elusive Peace, looking at the recent diplomatic activity between Israelis and Palestinians. Norma Percy, producer of The Fall of Milosevic, will produce the series.

By Wale Azeez

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