Michael Murphy

Beyond rejigs with Hemperek hired from eOne

Beyond Distribution has hired Entertainment One’s Justina Hemperek as head of acquisitions, with Sarah McCormack taking a new role. Hemperek (pictured) was previously director of acquisitions for the UK, Europe and Australia within eOne’s international distribution team. As of March, she will lead Beyond’s buying team, with interim head McCormack becoming senior VP of acquisitions […]

DRG exec takes Beyond acquisitions role

Caitlin Meek-O’Connor is leaving DRG to become head of acquisitions at Beyond Distribution, the sales division of UK-Australian company Beyond. At Beyond she replaces Yvonne Body, who retired at the end of last year. The appointment is effective January 26. Based in London, Meek-O’Connor will report to Beyond Distribution’s general manager, Michael Murphy. At DRG she has acquisitions […]

Distribution veteran Yvonne Body steps down

Beyond Distribution’s head of acquisitions is leaving the company after twelve years. Industry veteran Body is retiring after a 26-year career in the TV business. Before beyond she worked at companies including CBC International and Tapestry International. She will stay at Beyond until early next year and assist general manager Michael Murphy in recruiting a […]

News brief: Beyond launching pre-school Pipsqueaks

Australian free-to-air network Seven has ordered a second 45x30mins series of Pipsqueaks and Beyond Distribution will launch the preschool show at MIPJunior in October. The series is made by Beyond’s production arm and features four puppet friends, Sassy, Peppy, Poppy and Squidge, who live in an adventure playground and interact with preschoolers through talking, dancing […]

Murphy goes one step beyond

The new general manager of Australia-based Beyond Television tells TBI about changing international perceptions of the business and why he’s targeting UK broadcasters. Michael Murphy is best known as the founder of Ireland’s Channel 6 (since bought by TV3 and rebranded 3e) and former director of programmes at TV3. He has also, since 2004, been […]

Fiona Crago out and Michael Murphy in at Beyond

Fiona Crago has resigned as boss of Beyond Distribution and will be replaced by Michael Murphy. The distributor said that Crago is leaving to pursue university studies. She has been at Beyond for 16 years, having started out in its legal department. Michael Murphy has been appointed as acting general manager. He has been programme boss […]