Beyond Rights hires BBC Studios exec as VP of sales across France, CEE, Middle East & Africa


UK- and Australia-based distributor Beyond Rights has appointed Tara Gaule as VP of sales, covering France, CEE, the Middle East and Africa, effective immediately.

Gaule joins the distributor from BBC Studios, where she has spent the past six years licensing unscripted, scripted and kids’ content to multiple territories.

Prior to that, Gaule worked for formats business Small World IFT and spent four years as VP of sales at Zodiak Rights. She has also held roles at other distributors including DRG and Handmade Films International.

Tara Gaule

Beyond’s slate includes more than 7,500 hours, ranging from Love It Or List It and Mythbusters to Abandoned Engineering. The firm is led by former Twentieth Century Fox exec David Smyth, who was named CEO last year following the exit Kate Llewellyn-Jones, as exclusively revealed at the time by TBI.

Last month, the firm struck a deal with LA-based OTTera to expand its FAST strategy, with a suite of both branded and IP-led channels launching around the globe over the coming months.

Last week it was revealed that Beyond Rights’ parent company, Beyond International, is to be acquired by Banijay, with the deal expected to close within the next three months.

Sarah Bickley, Beyond Rights’ head of sales, commented: “We are excited to welcome Tara to the team today and are delighted she will be with us at MIPCOM next week.

“Not only does it provide a timely opportunity to meet our clients face to face, but it’s also a wonderful way to quickly get to know the team. Tara’s experience across unscripted, formats and kids perfectly reflects the current focus points for our business, with our new MIPCOM slate featuring great new content from each of these genres.”

Gaule added: “Beyond Rights’ size, catalogue and ambition – and the fact that it is part of an evolving international group – are all very appealing factors for the next stage of my career and I am excited to be joining the business at this time.”

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