London-based rights-ownership firm TCB Media Rights has appointed specialist in factual and factual entertainment Hannah Demidowicz as commissioning editor, reflecting the distributor’s emergence as a mini-commissioner.
Demidowicz comes to TCB Media Rights from BBC Worldwide, where she served as commissioning editor. While there, she was responsible for commissioning content for international channels BBC Brit and BBC Earth, and also developed copro partnerships with BBC3, Channel 4 and ITV. Her credits include Stupid Man, Smart Phone for BBC Brit/BBC3, and Fishing Impossible for BBC Earth/ITV.
The appointment reflects TCB Media Rights’ recent transformation which has, in the past year, seen the factual-focused company greenlight approximately 50 hours of self-funded and co-developed projects. TCB plans to maintain or increase that total over the next two years while continuing in its traditional role as a distributor.
The distributor has also moved towards taking on a leading role in executive producing by “leveraging the feedback from its global network of broadcaster clients to help its creative partners to develop shows with commercial traction,” the company said.
Demidowicz’s immediate slate includes overseeing the delivery of such series as A Killer’s Mistake (First Look TV) and Extreme Love (Barcroft TV), with a future six to eight shows slated for October’s MIPCOM market in Cannes, France.
Before her post at BBC Worldwide, Demidowicz worked as a commissioning editor for National Geographic Channels International, creating and commissioning titles including Car SOS for National Geographic Europe and Primal Survivor for National Geographic International and National Geographic U.S.
TCB Media Rights was established by Paul Heaney, formerly president and managing director of Cineflix Rights, in late 2012. The distributor has more than 90 producer-partnerships globally, including with Arrow Media, Icon Films and Woodcut Media. Its broadcaster clients include Channel Nine Australia, Discovery Networks International, France TV, National Geographic, TV4 Sweden and UKTV, amongst others.
“The appointment of such a commissioning superstar in Hannah is a real coup, but also a natural next step for TCB,” said Heaney in a statement. “Our core function is as a traditional distributor but we now have a duty of care to not only respect the investments made to the producers but also to ensure the show sells. We have been working with producers at the earliest stages since launch at the end of 2012, and now we have the competence, experience and resources to back it up.”