Neil Court


Ex-Reef MD Hanrahan joins Tin Roof Media

Former Reef Television managing director Paul Hanrahan has joined another UK-based producer, Tin Roof Media, as group operations director. The hire means UK industry veteran Hanrahan (pictured) joins the management team of Tin Roof subsidiaries Blink Films and Outline Productions. He will oversee day-today operations and growth strategy across the Tin Roof group. Former TwoFour […]

Alix Wiseman joins 9 Story

Long-serving Aardman sales chief Alix Wiseman has taken a new business development and acquisitions role at 9 Story Media Group, the expanding Canadian producer and distributor. Wiseman had been at Aardman for a decade, running acquisitions and distribution for the British studio. Her exit from Aardman was announced last week, prompting a restructure at the […]

Brown Bag’s Gaffney named 9 Story COO in rejig

Brown Bag Films CEO Cathal Gaffney has added the COO role at his toon firm’s parent, 9 Story Media Group, as part of a wider management reshuffle. Canada’s 9 Story acquired Ireland-based Brown Bag last year, and Gaffney will now oversee production, technology and HR for the wider group. He will remain at the helm […]

TV industry veterans buy UK indie

Three television industry veterans behind a new London-based investment group have bought a UK-based factual producer Blink Films. Neil Court, Charles Wace and Charles Ogilvie’s Tin Roof Media has paid an undisclosed amount to buy Blink, which is behind new BBC Four and PBS neuroscience-themed coproduction The Brain with Dr David Eagleman. 9 Story Media […]

9 Story buys Brown Bag Films

Canadian kids company 9 Story Media Group has bought Irish animation studio Brown Bag Films. The deal is the most significant in the animation sector for some time, though financial details of the agreement were not revealed. Brown Bag, which Cathal Gaffnet leads as co-founder and CEO, has produced popular animated shows such as Octonauts, […]

9 Story rebrands after investment

9 Story Entertainment is rebranding as 9 Story Media Group following investment from ZM Capital and Decode co-founder Neil Court. “9 Story Media Group better reflects the new structure of the company and the increasing diversity of the company’s business activities,” said Vince Commisso, president and CEO of 9 Story Media. “While producing and distributing […]

Neil Court buys into 9 Story

Neil Court, the former boss of kids producer and distributor Decode, has bought into Canadian kids company 9 Story Entertainment. Court (left) becomes the UK-based executive chairman of 9 Story in the wake of the deal, which closed last Friday (July 11). 9 Story founder and CEO Vince Commisso will remain with the company, reporting […]

Kids veteran Court joins Brown Bag board

Global kids TV veteran Neil Court has joined the board of Irish animation producer Brown Bag Films. Court, co-founder of DHX Media predecessor Decode Entertainment, has been advising the Dublin-based prodco since November, and has now formalised the relationship. Court has also been managing director of Nelvana Enterprises and his own international media consultancy. He […]

Neil Court exits Factory Transmedia board role

Former Decode boss Neil Court has left his non-executive chairman role at UK animation studio Factory Transmedia. Phil Chalk, the Manchester-based company’s co-founder and managing director, confirmed to TBI Court (left) had left his role a year after joining, having helped Factory “expand at a rate of knots”. “We’re great friends with Neil and having […]

Former DHX exec to launch Peacock Alley sales venture

Former DHX Media sales manager Craig McGillivray has resurfaced at Canadian prodco Peacock Alley, where he will lead a new distribution venture. McGillivray will be VP of distribution for the company’s sales arm, which will seek to secure distribution advances, presales and partnerships on new shows. The news comes after McGillivray left fellow Canadian firm […]