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Private Equity backs TV: Sale of Pioneer Productions to super-indie Tinopolis


Pioneer Productions is one of the world’s leading popular factual units focussing on science, history, docudramas and factual entertainment programming. Led by a high calibre management team comprising Stuart Carter, Jeremy Dear, Kirstie McLure and Peter Dunkerley, Pioneer has produced high quality programmes including Raging Planet, In the Womb and Catastrophe.


Tinopolis is a leading UK super-indie producing drama, factual, sports and children’s programming for more than 200 broadcasters. The acquisition of Pioneer is a major coup for Tinopolis who are backed by the leading private equity firm Vitruvian Partners.


“Preparing your company for sale is a long drawn out process – with many potential pitfalls along the way – and it should not even be contemplated without a professional media sector specialist such as Thomas Dey. Throughout the whole process Thomas Dey and his team have been fantastic at advising us of the complexity of the process and making it as easy for us as possible. Everyone here at Pioneer Productions is genuinely grateful for their help, determination and sound professional approach.”

Stuart Carter, Managing Director, Pioneer Productions

“The combination of Tinopolis and Pioneer is an excellent fit for both parties: Pioneer has a superb US presence and Tinopolis is a leading super-indie with exciting and ambitious growth plans.”

Thomas Dey, Chief Executive Officer, ACF Investment Bank