Zinia Scroggs

Holly Allen


What’s your role at MultiStory?

Series Editor.


What made you want to get into TV and how did you make that a reality?  

My Grandad was a television producer in Arts and Education programming. Some of my earliest memories are me and my sister using the back of old scripts to draw on, then when I was older I would love to read them. I actually started out working in advertising and I spotted an advert in Heat magazine for the first Channel 4 Researcher trainee scheme, where you got a year’s paid placement at a TV production company. I applied and made it to the final round of interviews, but I just missed out. A month later I was contacted by Channel 4 Commissioning who were approaching ten candidates who had impressed on the interview day, as they had 5 runner contracts at C4 and I became the drama and docs commissioning team’s runner, I then went on to become an assistant in More 4. I stayed at the Channel for 2 years and left to join the Channel 4 Researcher trainee scheme… The rest as they say is history!


What’s the biggest hurdle you’ve had to overcome to get to where you are?  

I think for me it’s been a juggle at times to manage home life with work life. I’m now a mum of two, so I’ve sometimes had to turn down certain roles because I can’t be away from home and on location for long periods of time.


What has been the highlight of your career so far?  

Joining Multistory’s Entertainment team as a Series Editor.

Then if I look back on some of the productions I’ve worked across highlights include; putting on a live Gig with Jason Derulo for Project Icon, SPing Glow Up and filming the series during the second lockdown and somehow avoiding a Covid outbreak on the team?! Re-creating a 1940’s Spy training school, devising the Child Genius Competition, and leading an Apprentice Advertising task which filmed simultaneously between London and New York and finally, sitting in the edit, cutting the first series of Race Across the World and knowing this was television gold (it later won a BAFTA).


What was your biggest “pinch me’ moment?  

I recently got to interview Annie Lennox for Ruby Wax’s Life Stories. She was absolutely lovely! My mum is also a massive fan so I called her ahead of the interview, and we had a little scream together. I of course remained totally professional throughout my chat with Annie!


Are there any big learning curves or disaster moments you can look back and laugh about now? 

Oh god… probably moments like forgetting to press record when I started an interview and having to pretend I had sound issues and having to start again. Setting up a Glow Up Professional Assignment in two days after another company pulled out, having technical issues with a Live Feed for a virtual panel (I still can’t talk about this!).


What are your favourite TV shows?  

I love reality and competition shows – I binge watch them Selling Sunset, MAFS, Love is Blind, Lizzo’s Big Gurl’s, The Rap Game , Bake Off and Glow Up. American Drama series like White Lotus and Succession, I also like authored / celebrity fronted documentaries!