Kew Media Distribution

Kew Media alums Greg Phillips & Graham Begg launch sales firm, snag BBC comedy

Former Kew Media Distribution (KMD) execs Greg Phillips and Graham Begg have launched a new drama, factual and special event-focused sales outfit, with a deal for a BBC comedy starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen in the bag. Rainmaker Content has secured global rights outside of the UK to Staged, the lockdown comedy series written […]

NENT Studios UK buys former Kew Media drama ‘The Dead Lands’

NENT Studios UK (fka DRG) has acquired New Zealand drama The Dead Lands after its producers re-acquired the show from the now-defunct Kew Media Distribution (KMD). The eight-part fantasy-adventure series was produced by New Zealand’s GFC Films for AMC’s SVOD service Shudder and TVNZ, premiering on the latter earlier this year. It had previously been […]

Exclusive: How Abacus Media made it to market despite Covid-19

It has been a tumultuous few months for ex-Kew Media Distribution chief Jonathan Ford, but that is not stopping him from looking to make “big commitments” in programming via his newly minted sales and financing firm Abacus Media Rights (AMR). Ford launched AMR last week with backing from Amcomri Media Group and he tells TBI […]

Former Kew Media exec Ford launches distribution firm Abacus

Jonathan Ford, former EVP of sales at Kew Media Distribution, has launched Abacus Media Rights (AMR) in partnership with Amcomri Media Group. Ford will act as MD for the new distribution company and will be joined on the AMR board by Amcomri’s chairman Paul McGowan, its director Larry Howard and 101 Films MD Andy Lyon. […]

Exclusive: What happened at Kew Media? (part 1)

Kew Media Group’s (KMG) move into administration last week prompted searching questions from all those connected with the once fast-growing production and distribution outfit. TBI has spoken to a variety of execs involved and is today running the first of two articles that delve into not just what happened at the international production and distribution […]

‘Backyard Builds’ prodco Frantic Films buys itself out of Kew Media Group

Canadian producer Frantic Films has become the latest company to buy itself out of the stricken Kew Media Group (KMG). Frantic’s CEO Jamie Brown has personally financed a deal to repurchase a 100% stake in the TV and film production company from Kew, which had acquired the prodco in March 2017. Terms of the agreement […]

Factual round-up: ITVS sells Plimsoll’s ‘Planet Earth’; Docubay’s 1091 deal; Love Nature expands in Russia; Kew’s unscripted sales

ITVS pounces on Plimsoll’s natural history series ITV Studios has picked up international distribution rights to Plimsoll Productions’ new natural history series, A Year On Planet Earth. The 6 x 60-minute show is being produced for ITV and is from natural history team Tom Hugh-Jones (Planet Earth II), Andrew Jackson (Frozen Planet) and Martha Holmes […]

Kew Media Distribution promotes for new SVP acquisitions role

Kew Media Distribution (KMD) has appointed Graham Begg to the newly created position of SVP acquisitions and business development. Begg will oversee acquisition opportunities across scripted, non-scripted, documentary and factual entertainment properties, as well as advising on corporate activities and business development initiatives. He will continue to work closely with Kew Media Group’s 13 production […]

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