Paul Heaney


Passion acquisitions chief moves to TCB

Passion Distribution’s head of acquisitions, Jimmy Humphreys, is moving to rival UK distributor TCB Media Rights. The exec will take on the newly created role of head of acquisitions and coproductions at TCB, which has been staffing up significantly in the past year. Humphreys will report to Paul Heaney, founder and CEO of TCB, and […]

Kew acquires Paul Heaney’s TCB Media Rights

Kew Media Group has struck a deal to buy Paul Heaney’s TCB Media Rights for a cash consideration of £5.6 million (US$7.4 million). TCB will also bag £700,000 in Class B Kew shares as a result of the deal when it closes. Kew will also pay deferred compensation based on adjusted earnings before interest, tax, […]

World’s Worst docs land pre-buys

Network Nine, Channel 5, Sky and RMC Decouverte are among pre-buyers of new documentaries from UK-based distributor TCB Media Rights. Manchest-based Title Role has gone into production on two user-generated factual series, the 6x60mins World’s Worst Flights (aka Flight, Camera, Action) and 6x60mins World’s Wildest Weather, which has gone to Nine in Australia, Sky TV […]

eOne exec switches to TCB post

London-based TCB Media Rights has again expanded its team with the fire of Entertainment One exec Holly Cowdery. She will work on sales in the Benelux, Central and Eastern Europe, and Middle East and North Africa regions. TCB CEO Paul Heaney called Cowdery a “rising star” adding: “She already has solid experience in sales, but […]

TCB adds to sales team

TCB Media Rights has hired Simona Argenti and she will cover Italy, Spain, Latin America and Canada and other territories for the independent distributor. She joins TCB from BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster, where she was sales manager. Representation of Italy at TCB will transition from Italian agent and former Mediaset executive […]

TCB dealing out Justice at MIPCOM

TCB Media Rights has struck deals for several of its shows, ahead of launching 30 new projects at MIPCOM later this month. Ahead of the market is has sold History’s Greatest Hoaxes to German channel N24. Produced by UK indie Like a Shot for UKTV, the show looks at the world’s greatest hoaxes. Elsewhere, Sky in […]

TCB takes on food shows as SBS exits sales

UK-based distributor TCB Media Rights has taken on the food programming catalogue of Australian pubcaster SBS, which is moving to an outsourced distribution model. TCB has taken on rights to shows including Destination Flavour, Poh & Co and This is Brazil in all markets outside of Australia. SBS decided to move away from in-house distribution earlier […]

A+E commissions Combat Ships in UK

A+E Networks UK has commissioned a documentary series from indie Woodcut Media, Combat Ships. The 10x60mins series will debut on A+E pay TV channel H2 in early 2017. Shot on location across Scandinavia, Europe, America and the UK, the series provides perspective in the military, political and domestic issues surrounding ships of various eras. Combat […]

TV’s Big Questions: has the wave of M&A been positive for the industry?

Industry consolidation continued apace in 2015. The biggest deal, announced last year and effective from early 2016, was the merger of Banijay Group and Zodiak Media, and the news French media giant Vivendi was buying a 26% chunk of the new entity in a €290 million (US$314 million) deal. Canal+ owner Vivendi is set to […]

TV’s Big Questions: has the wave of M&A been positive for the industry?

Industry consolidation continued apace in 2015. The biggest deal, announced last year and effective from early 2016, was the merger of Banijay Group and Zodiak Media, and the news French media giant Vivendi was buying a 26% chunk of the new entity in a €290 million (US$314 million) deal. Canal+ owner Vivendi is set to […]

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