Distribution


WarnerMedia centralises distribution leadership for HBO, Turner

WarnerMedia has centralised leadership of it distribution business, with a new exec team that has oversight of brands including HBO and Turner.  Long-time execs Sofia Chang and Rich Warren will serve as presidents of WarnerMedia Distribution, with oversight of HBO, forthcoming streamer HBO Max, Cinemax and the Turner channels. The exec will report into Gerhard […]

DRG appoints Pilot’s Jack Watson for CEMA sales

DRG has bolstered its sales force with the appointment of Pilot Film and TV Productions exec Jack Watson. He joins as sales manager for Central and Eastern Europe – including Baltic territories – as well as the Middle East and Africa. Watson was previously sales manager for broadcast and inflight at Pilot Film and Television […]

Wild Money: The new rules of play in distribution

Distributors are under greater pressure than ever, needing to be nimble, innovative and cash-rich – all at the same time. TBI gathered distributors of shows such as Bodyguard and Leaving Neverland to discuss all things content: what’s cutting through, what they’re walking away from and why they’re stepping in where commissioners are falling short How […]

Why Eccho Rights looked for scale in CJ ENM

Newly acquired by Korean media powerhouse CJ ENM, Stockholm-headquartered distributor Eccho Rights is to expand into new markets and drive more co-productions between Korea and Europe in 2019.  Fredrik af Malmborg, co-owner of Eccho Rights, has told TBI that the distributor, best known for Turkish drama, has extensive international expansion plans as a result of […]

Distributor-led commissions: the 5 things producers need to know

As production funding from broadcasters continues to lag behind production costs, and production companies increasingly find themselves with deficits, Argonon’s chief operating officer Laura Bessell breaks down the top five things every producer needs to know about distributor-led commissioning. As producers look for innovative ways of funding, working with multiple broadcasters at the same time has […]

TBI Distributors Survey 2018: part one

Distributors large and small have again revealed their views on the major issues that are impacting the international TV sales industry today. Kaltrina Bylykbashi reports. The rise of SVOD is the single element that has had the biggest impact on the distribution business in the past year, according to survey results. While platforms such as […]

SVOD platforms drive £902m in UK TV export sales

Streaming services such as Amazon and Netflix accounted for a quarter (£225 million) of UK TV export sales, which reached £902 million ($1.1 billion) between 2016/17, according to a report from Pact. The report, produced in partnership with BBC Studios, ITV Studios and DIT, showed that US sales were £335 million making it the UK’s […]

TBI Distributor Survey 2017

Are You Part of a Leading International Distribution Company? We Want to Hear From You! We would like to invite all programme distribution companies and rights holders to share your expert views on the international distribution market of 2017 – how you are navigating the many routes to success and where you believe the programme […]

Singing Bee returning to old haunts

Much-travelled karaoke format The Singing Bee is heading back into Romania and Indonesia after almost a decade away from both. The deals to bring the show to Antena TV in Romania and RCTI in Indonesia comes as the resurgence of several classic gameshows continues. Antena is planning new primetime episodes for the show, which first […]

Tanner upped as Thomas exits Passion

Nick Tanner has been named head of sales at UK-based distributor Passion, replacing the outgoing Elin Thomas. The latter was named global head of sales at the Tinopolis-owned distribution house in 2014 and was promoted global director of sales a year later, but is leaving for a new senior role at a currently-undisclosed company. Thomas […]