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Olly Strous joins Zinc Media Group as CTO

Strous is the company's first ever chief technology officer, and will be tasked with driving innovation in the way that programmes are created and delivered.

Factual content creator Zinc Media Group has appointed Olly Strous as the company’s first chief technology officer.

He joins Zinc from ITN where he was director of post production. Strous will take up his new role in the summer of 2021.

Zinc said Strous’s appointment will not only help grow the company’s production capacity, but also help drive innovation in the way that programmes are created and delivered.

Mark Browning, CEO, Zinc Media Group, said: “Today’s great programmes rely on great technology. It is the backbone of pretty much every creative process. The Covid pandemic, has put outstanding technology to the forefront of the production process and accelerated change. In 2020 we made a significant investment into the Group’s post production capacity to help us become more efficient in the way we finish and deliver programmes. However, we know that there is so much more we can do creatively, with the right kind of strategic vision in this area”.

“I’m thrilled that Olly Strous is joining us as our first CTO,” Browning added. “He is a rare breed: outstanding at technical innovation, driven commercially but led creatively and he has excellent communication and people skills. Not only has he driven ITN’s technical growth in its post production capacity, he has led the charge in remote production and won significant new business along the way.  He will be a fantastic asset for Zinc.”

Strous said: “Technology plays a vital part of any production company’s creative and commercial success. Innovation through technology enables companies to diversify revenues, drive growth through smart, scalable solutions, improve efficiency and become more responsive to clients’ requirements.

“Zinc is an extremely exciting organisation, at a pivotal moment in its development. It has huge potential creatively and commercially and an exciting opportunity to drive forward its Nations and Regions offering, while expanding internationally. I’m thrilled to be joining such a fantastic team at such a time of growth.”