David Johnson

Canuck rights firm buys Compact Media

Toronto-based publishing and rights management firm Ole has bought UK-based rival Compact Media. Compact manages secondary audiovisual rights for more than 700 companies, and is joining a company that has investments worth US$550 million around the world. Selling up to Ole means Compact will gain commercial, data and systems expertise, with Ole gaining a larger […]

EU’s copyright changes can be cause for cheer

Compact Media’s CEO, David Johnson, argues last month’s communication from the European Commission on new copyright laws should offer “cautious optimism” to the international television industry. It would be an understatement to say that 2015 was a busy year for the creative industry. Not only did the pace of change from new business and technology […]

Year in Review, part three: 2015

This week, executives from across the board have revealed the moments that defined the industry for the industry and their companies. In the final part of TBI’s Year in Review special, top names predict the big news we’ll be bringing to you throughout 2015.   OTT players acquiring production companies or even one of the […]

Viewpoint – Retrans fees profit indies

David Johnson, CEO of full-service rights management company Compact Media Group, argues implementing a retransmission system in the UK would benefit producers and boost creativity. Throughout 2014, the debate between public service broadcasters and UK pay platforms surrounding introducing retransmission fees has consistently reared its head. The UK is the largest and most valuable TV […]

Creator buys Koala Brothers rights

The creator of The Koala Brothers has formed a new company to buy the UK toon series and all associated rights. Following the development, Koala Brothers Limited has taken control of the 78x10mins property, which broadcasts on CBeebies and has sold into more than 150 territories. Programme creator David Johnson has partnered with animation veteran […]