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TCB Media Rights hires former DCD exec Lenneke de Jong

London-based rights-ownership and distribution company TCB Media Rights has bolstered its executive team with three key appointments, including the hiring of former DCD Rights exec Lenneke de Jong. De Jong (pictured) ...
July 11, 2018

London-based rights-ownership and distribution company TCB Media Rights has bolstered its executive team with three key appointments, including the hiring of former DCD Rights exec Lenneke de Jong.

De Jong (pictured) joins TCB in the newly created role of sales manager for Latin America, Benelux and Iberia. As a sales executive at DCD Rights for the last three-plus years, de Jong was responsible for handling factual, entertainment, drama and arts programming.

She began her career in the production sector and worked on the Spanish versions of The X Factor and The Apprentice before serving as a sales co-ordinator at Endemol Shine in September 2013.

Elsewhere, former Channel 4 executive Holly Newey has stepped into a senior sales manager role with TCB to provide maternity cover for Mem Bakar, whose territories include the UK and the Nordic region. Newey, who previously served as C4′s manager of UK distribution, had aided the UK pubcaster in revamping its UK distribution department.

Former Zig Zag commercial and creative exec Nicola Davey, meanwhile, will join the UK sales firm next month to provide maternity coverage for Claire Runham, who handles acquisitions and co-productions.

The three appointments follow a wave of high-profile movement from TCB, which in February added former Passion Distribution chief Jimmy Humphrey to its ranks. In May, BBC Worldwide exec Hannah Demidowicz joined the company as its first commissioning editor.

TCB Media Rights was acquired by Toronto-based Kew Media Group in October 2017 for an initial consideration of £5.6 million (US$7.4 million) in cash for the company and £700,000 (US$922,558) in Class B shares.

“DCD gave Lenneke great experience and training. A very real measure of our growing status is our ability to attract the brightest and best talent on the distribution scene,” said TCB Media Rights CEO Paul Heaney in a statement. “With her experience of both the commercial and editorial sides of our business, Lenneke is a perfect fit for TCB as we become increasingly involved in the creative DNA of the content we sell. Holly and Nicola, meanwhile, are rising stars in their own right. As maternity cover for two our core team members — Mem and Claire — we couldn’t wish for safer hands.”

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Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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