Alison Rayson

Sky Arts orders Elvis show from fledgling indie

UK pay TV channel Sky Arts has ordered The Seven Ages of Elvis, the debut programme from David Upshal’s new indie, Fireball TV. The 1x90mins doc will follow the entire life of the later singer and actor Elvis Presley, who died 40 years ago. Fireball is producing in association with distributor and co-financier Raydar Media. […]

Raydar calls on Ahlefeldt for acquistions

Raydar Media has recruited 3DD cofounder for acquisitions and coproductions in Australasia and Asia Pacific. Von Ahlefeldt will oversee factual acquisitions as an executive consultant through her own company Secret Sauce. Ahlefeldt has headed up SBS TV’s distribution arm in Australia and was a cofounder of UK independent producer and distributor 3DD Entertainment. The partnership with […]

TV’s Big Questions: are the main markets still relevant?

Distribution is changing. The Frank brothers have created a digital rights trading platform, TRX, which sits alongside others from the likes of Screen Hits. With these, online screening rooms, Skype and other new ways to connect, the folk running TV markets must be concerned. Outgoing NATPE boss Rod Perth (left) offers a robust defence of […]

Raydar cruises into Cannes with Sydney Sailboat

Indie distributor Raydar Media has ABC preschool series Sydney Sailboat for MIPJunior and MIPCOM. The 52x11mins animated kids series launched on the ABC Kids channel earlier this year and is known as Bubble Bath Bay locally. The Essential Media-produced CGI show became one of the digital net’s top performers and Raydar will launch it internationally […]

Banijay pushes into finished with Namiech

The ex-managing director of Target Entertainment, Emmanuelle Namiech, is to work with Banijay International to push it further in finished programming. Banijay, which is best known as a formats distributor, plans to build into the finished programming English-language programming business and has recently secured several new series such as ABC Australia’s workplace reality show The […]

Raydar searches for My Bleeping Life partners

Former Target boss Alison Rayson and ex-Nickelodeon UK chief Debbie McDonald will be at MIPJunior tomorrow to launch teen comedy My Bleeping Life. Rayson’s Raydar Media, which she operates with DLT Entertainment, is taking the comedy to Cannes in search of pre-sale partners. She will be attending MIPCOM with her sales joint venture DLT/Raydar, which […]

MIPTV News: DLT/Raydar Rights preps first slate

Alison Rayson and Don Taffner Jr.’s fledgling distributor is heading to MIPTV with a slate spanning drama, gameshows and kids programming. Indie distributor DLT/Raydar Rights was created last year through the merger of the sales arm of Taffner Jr.’s DLT Entertainment and former Target executive Rayson’s Raydar Media. Its first full slate will be unveiled […]

DLT Entertainment hires US sales boss

DLT Entertainment has hired Greg Rocco as its US director of sales. Rocco will be responsible for finished program sales to cable channels and PBS stations in the US for the producer and distributor. He joins from Katz Media Group. Rocco will be based in New York and report to DLT’s president Don Taffner Jr. […]