Leila Monks

Off The Fence hires Leila Monks as head of commissioning

ZDF Enterprises-backed Off The Fence has hired Leila Monks in the newly created role of head of commissioning, through which she will build out the distributor’s production arm. The former TVF International and Zig Zag exec – who set up her own production label, Antidote Productions, in 2014 – is to work across development, production […]

Ex-Endemol Shine topper Brass joins Antidote’s board

Former Endemol Shine Group international operations chief Martha Brass has joined the increasingly prolific UK prodco Antidote Productions as non-executive chairman. The post is the first Brass has taken since leaving her role at Endemol Shine last year in July, with former Sky exec Nicola Bamford replacing her. Her appointment comes after UK-based media investor […]

Edge invests in UK indie Antidote

UK-based indie Antidote Productions has scored investment from specialist investment house Edge Investments. The deal is understood to see Professor Green: Suicide and Me producer Antidote receiving around £1 million (US$1.3 million) from the Edge Creative Enterprise Fund. Edge Investment manager Jo Smith (below left) joins Antidote co-founders Leila Monks and Laura Jones (pictured right, […]

Blue Ant probes Mekong with copro

Canadian broadcaster Blue Ant Media has commissioned Mysteries of the Mekong, a 10x60mins coproduction involving partners from the UK and Denmark. Factual producer GoodLuck/Green Asia, whose co-owner Peter Ringgaard hails from Denmark will produce the show in association with Leila Monks’ UK indie Antidote Media. Monks (pictured) will executive produce, with the series representing her […]

Zig Zag ups Graff as Monks goes it alone

Zig Zag Productions has upped Matt Graff to VP, commercial and current production to replace Leila Monks at the UK indie producer, as she exits to set up her own content consultancy, Antidote Media. Monks will continue to work with Zig Zag on distribution, presales and coproduction on a consultancy basis. She will also work […]

BBCWW completes Miami sales team with TVF hire

Jessica Bennetts has left her role as head of sales for UK-based distributor TVF International and joined BBC Worldwide’s Miami sales office, TBI has learned. She has been named BBCWW’s content sales manager, reporting to VP, integrated sales Alejandra Olea, and be responsible for format, finished tape and affiliate distribution. Her appointment rounds out BBCWW’s […]

Discovery acquires sex therapy doc

Discovery Fit and Health in the US is among the buyers of Real 40 Year Old Virgins, a documentary about a pair of adults taking sex therapy classes as they prepare to lose their virginity. Australia’s ABC, RTL2 in Germany, Norway’s TV Norge, TV2 in Denmark, SBS in the Netherlands, VMMa in Belgium and Discovery’s […]