Karen Connell (pictured) is joining London-based distribution company TCB Media Rights in February in the role of head of sales for Nordic, Benelux and Central and Eastern Europe.
She will report to CEO Paul Heaney, with responsibility for exploiting TCB Media’s slate of factual, factual entertainment and formats. She joins a sales team that includes sales executive Pamela Martinez Martinez and head of contracts Claire Lowe.
The current slate includes 200 hours from independent producers from the UK, U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Previously, Connell was the VP of sales for Scandinavia, Benelux, Central & Eastern Europe and Israel at Beyond Distribution, and prior to that she was the acquisitions manager for Scandinavia and CEE at Viasat Broadcasting.
She has also worked in business affairs at National Geographic Television International and at Canadian companies Corus Entertainment and Astral Media, and worked at the in-house production company for Discovery Canada.
“This is a career opportunity that comes along rarely, to join a growing team of an independent company at a critical and exciting point in its life-cycle,” said Connell. “Paul’s reputation precedes him and I have absolute faith in the ability of TCB Media to grow the catalog from strength to strength.”
“As TCB Media enters its second year of trading, we need to invest in a professional who is fully focused on converting our slate of content into sales and delivering on the promises we have made to producers,” added Heaney. “Karen is an aggressive negotiator and highly experienced in all aspects of distribution so for TCB Media to be able to attract someone of Karen’s ability is a real coup.”