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Lioness Productions
October 1, 2004

Lioness Productions

After 10 years at HBO, most recently as producer for original programming, Julie Anderson has left to start her own New York-based TV and film company, Lioness Productions.

‘HBO has a certain amount of programming that is finite, and they do very specific types of docs. I wanted to see what it would be like to create my own ideas,’ she says.

Anderson currently has a creative consulting deal with New York-based Simmons Lathan Media Group, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons’ TV company. She’s working on three projects there, including a DVD called The Industry, which is a behind-the-scenes look at how the worldwide hip-hop industry operates. Another is a series, The Hip-Hop Laws of Success, where artists discuss how they became popular. Anderson is also meeting with other networks, including Court TV and Spike TV.

‘Right now, I’m a creative consultant, but I see Lioness moving towards having shows in production that I would executive produce and deliver to cable and network,’ she says.

ID Distribution

Sally Miles has traded palm trees for damp fog, recently returning to the U.K. after setting up September Films USA – a branch of London-based TV and film prodco September Films – in L.A.

Miles maintains relationships with U.S. network and cable channels now that she’s back in London, where she recently founded her own company, ID Distribution. ‘It’s lovely to have had the experience with U.S. broadcasters,’ says Miles. ‘I love the way they make fast decisions, and they’re commercial.’

In addition to distributing, ID also represents producers, providing them with strategic and commercial services and helping them make the most of the new terms of trade and their retention of rights. Officially launching at mipcom, id has a catalog of about 40% formats and 60% completed programs.

Road Trip Media

Caroline Beaton is traveling to MIPCOM for the first international appearance of her new company – London-based Road Trip Media – which targets worldwide TV producers, distributors and channels, as well as music companies and investment agencies. Road Trip is a combined TV and coaching company that delivers a greater strategic and commercial impact, says Beaton, who was previously joint MD at London-based Action Time.

Her company offers various tailored and creative commercial services, such as tv campaigns. It will broker format deals, advise venture capitalists on the media industry, and also do executive coaching, which Beaton says involves boosting morale.

Road Trip is currently working on he international strategy of London-based prodco Channel X, among others.

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