TCB Media Rights has signed a two-year first-look deal with Argonon-owned indie Transparent TV.
Under the deal, TCB will represent Transparent’s entire back catalogue, bringing a further 70 hours to its factual slate. Highlights include 33 hours of Botched Up Bodies and season two of Michael Portillo’s Hidden History of Britain (pictured).
TCB has also closed deals with Daisybeck Studios and Wild Pictures, adding a further 50 hours of content to its slate. Notable titles from these deals include Daisybeck’s The Production Line, which was an ITV commission, and Wild’s The Cruise.
The deals were brokered by Jimmy Humphrey, head of acquisitions and co-productions, who joined TCB in February to head up its expanding acquisitions department.
TCB will launch all the shows acquired under these deals at MIPCOM.
Humphrey said: “Our roster of premium content suppliers is growing by the month, as these deals with Transparent TV, Daisybeck and Wild Pictures testify. With 400-plus hours of new factual content in our MIPCOM bag, we’re heading down to Cannes in great shape. It’s no exaggeration to say we’ve got something for everyone, from history to mystery, lifestyle to fact- ent, covering everything from failed cosmetic surgery to high jinks on the high seas.”
In the past six months, Humphrey has built up TCB’s network of independent producers to broaden and strengthen the distributor’s content offering and facilitate its growing involvement in self-funded and developed content.
This year, TCB has greenlit around 50 hours of self-funded or co-funded projects, including Barcroft TV’s Extreme Love, Back2Back’s Crazy on a Plane, and 360 Production’s Egypt’s Unexplained Files. It is aiming to double this total over the next two years with producers around the world.