TCB Media Rights expands into Asia

London-based distributor TCB Media Rights has made 80 hours of sales into Asia, including its first package deal with National Geographic Channels Asia. (Pictured: Dog Patrol)
December 3, 2014

London-based distributor TCB Media Rights has made 80 hours of sales into Asia, including its first package deal with National Geographic Channels (NGC) Asia.

NGC has picked up three titles for its main feed in Southeast Asia, North and East Africa and the Middle East, including the Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder-produced working dog series Dog Patrol (pictured; 40 x 30 minutes) and the Lambent Productions and Group M Entertainment-made extreme pet owners doc Pet Hoarders (1 x 60 minutes). The third title is Arrow Media’s dangerous buildings program World’s Most Extreme (6 x 60 minutes), which has also been licensed for NGC’s main feed in India.

Meanwhile, other deals in Asia include Discovery Asia’s acquisition of Snap TV’s Ainsley Eats the Streets (10 x 60 minutes) – in which TV chef Ainsley Harriot explores back-street food traditions around the world – and TVB Hong Kong’s purchase of seasons eight and nine of Australian lifeguard series Bondi Rescue.

Elsewhere, the distributor has secured a number of deals with China. LIC China has signed on for Pet Hoarders (1 x 60 minutes), Mega Food (6 x 60 minutes), Australia’s Deadliest (12 x 30 minutes) and Shark Coast (1 x 60 minutes); China International TV Corporation has acquired The Passenger Who Landed a Plane (1 x 60 minutes) and 747: The Jumbo Revolution (1 x 60 minutes); and Happy Movie Media has licensed Nurses (6 x 60 minutes) for state broadcaster CCTV.

Finally, deals with Japan include Middlechild Productions’ doc Hercules: The Human Bear - which is headed to NTV through a deal with Intervision International – while NHK Japan has licensed the Furneaux Edgar and Group M-made Holocaust doc Treblinka: Hitler’s Killing Machine.

“Asia is one of the most vibrant content markets in the world and an increasingly important focus for TCB Media Rights,” said Mem Bakar, the TCB Media Rights sales manager who brokered the deals, in a statement. “These deals with some of the region’s key players bring us a step closer to our ambition of providing Asian audiences with great, family-friendly content that entertains, informs and amuses.”


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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.