Noel Hedges

DRG conquers Strange Empire

UK-based distributor DRG has acquired international distribution rights to Strange Empire, a 13x60mins drama for Canadian pubcaster CBC. The series, written and created by Laurie Finstad, follows three women from the US-Canada boundary frontiers of the 1860s who are brought together by a series of brutal murders. Finstad executive produces along with Tim Johnson and […]

DRG raids BBC, Shine and brings in Noel Hedges

DRG announced this morning that it has recruited commercial executives from BBC Worldwide and Shine Group, and TBI has learned it has brought in former Cineflix exec Noel Hedges. The Modern Times Group-owned producer and distributor has hired Richard Halliwell as its new chief operations officer. He joins from BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of […]

TBI’s 2013 in review – part three

In the third part of a review of 2013, we look at the ever changing face of the industry – is that former rival now your partner in crime in your acquisitions department? TBI runs down all the major comings and goings from the past twelve months.   SURPRISE DEPARTURES AND TOP LEVEL CHANGES David […]

Australia and NZ take a seat at the drama table

Producers in Australia and New Zealand are creating a new wave of international-friendly scripted series for their distribution partners to take to market, but the popularity and lower cost of formats and reality shows poses a threat to the sector, report Dan Barrett and Stewart Clarke. Expectation. Its shadow carries considerable weight across Australia and […]

Cineflix Rights puts staff at risk of redundancy

Cineflix Rights has started a consultation process with several staff being placeed at risk of redundancy, as part of a company restructure. The London-based distribution arm of Cineflix has begun a consultation with six of its sales and acquisitions team and staff at their supporting units. TBI also understands that Cineflix is looking at relocating […]

Cineflix Rights makes first drama move

Cineflix Rights is moving into drama and has made it first acquisition, upcoming Australian crime mystery Secrets & Lies. The six-part series is being made by Australian indie Hoodlum and has just entered production. It tells the story of Ben, an innocent man who becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a four-year-old boy. […]

Cineflix grabs October rights from Zodiak

UK-based Cineflix Rights has scored an exclusive first-look deal with factual producer October Films, grabbing the rights from previous distributor Zodiak Rights. The deal, which Cineflix Rights’ senior VP of acquisitions Noel Hedges brokered, will see the distributor taking on worldwide rights to all content from London-based October for the next two years. October’s productions […]