Nicky Davies Williams


The ascent of Aussie drama

Drama from down under is enjoying a watershed moment as productions attract the attention of global SVODs and travel seamlessly around the world – what’s behind Australian TV’s global walkabout? Manori Ravindran reports. Once on the periphery of the international drama market, global-facing offerings such as ABC’s The Letdown are drawing the interest of global […]

BBCWW, Foxtel go on James Martin’s French Adventure

BBC Worldwide and Foxtel are among the buyers of celebrity chef James Martin’s latest TV series. Distributor DCD Rights has sold James Martin’s French Adventure to Worldwide’s BBC Lifestyle pay TV channel across Asia, Australian paycaster Foxtel and Choice TV in New Zealand. A deal has also been secured with AMC Networks International – Central […]

DCD renews Open University deal

UK-based distributor DCD Rights has renewed a deal with the Open University and will continue to distribute its factual programming. The deal with the content arm of the distance-learning university gives DCD almost 250 hours of documentary content to add to its catalogue and sell internationally. Nicky Davies Williams, CEO at DCD Rights said: “The […]

DCD Rights adds Passion exec in drama plan

DCD Rights has hired Philippa Chuter, who was working at rival UK-based distributor Passion, as part of a wider push into drama acquisitions. She is taking on a new role as senior acquisitions executive at the DCD Media sales business, having previously been acquisition executive at Tinopolis Group-owned Passion. This will free up head of […]

MIPTV Hot Pick: Real Detective

  True crime programming is increasingly informed by the pacing, tone and production values seen in the scripted world, and DCD Rights’ big launch for MIPTV is Real Detective, a new factual series inspired by HBO’s hit cop drama True Detective. Real Detective is a factual series heavy on the drama reconstruction, with up to […]

Sony Crime channel, Nine get Real Detective

Sony’s new UK crime net, True Crime, and Australian free-TV broadcaster Nine have both acquired Real Detective, the True Detective-inspired docudrama. The show is distributed by DCD Rights, which sealed the deals. The 8x60mins series has well known actors,including Michael Madsen (pictured), re-enacting a real-life case that defined a detective’s career. The real detective opens […]

TV’s Big Questions: are the main markets still relevant?

Distribution is changing. The Frank brothers have created a digital rights trading platform, TRX, which sits alongside others from the likes of Screen Hits. With these, online screening rooms, Skype and other new ways to connect, the folk running TV markets must be concerned. Outgoing NATPE boss Rod Perth (left) offers a robust defence of […]

US net prebuys South African cooking show

DCD Rights will head into MIPCOM with a presale of its new South African culinary show Sarah Graham’s Food Safari. The 13x30mins Okuhle Media-produced series, which was for M-Net, has presold to Scripps Networks Interactive cable net Cooking Channel as a 13x30mins package. The show can run to 20 episodes. It follows food writer and […]

DCD launching Hendrix doc at MIPCOM

DCD Rights is launching a new Jimi Hendrix special in Cannes. It will give a MIPCOM launch to Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church. The 1x90mins film, has never seen before footage of the rock star guitarist as well as interviews with his bandmates. Paul McCartney, Steve Winwood and Metallica’s Kirk Hammett also contribute to the film, […]

DCD staffs up, raids IMG and Endemol Shine

DCD Rights has hired former IMG and Endemol Shine execs for regional sales roles. The pair join London-based DCD as it makes five new appointments. James Anderson (left) has joined UK-based DCD from IMG and will be a senior sales executive, covering Japan, Asia, Eastern Europe, Benelux, Africa and the Middle East. Prior to IMG […]