DCD Rights expands factual acquisitions team

Distributor DCD Rights has promoted senior sales executive Michael Jackson (pictured), after signing several factual acquisitions.
September 17, 2013

DCD Rights has promoted senior sales executive Michael Jackson (pictured), after signing several factual acquisitions.

As senior sales and acquisitions executive, Jackson will build on his expertise in the UK factual, world formats acquisition and music and event programming areas to expand the international distributor’s factual catalog using the company’s Timewave fund.

Prior to joining DCD Rights two years ago, Jackson worked in acquisitions for Zodiak Rights, before which he worked in sales and acquisitions at Zeal Entertainment.

“This appointment is intended to tap into Michael’s extensive address book of UK producers, allowing [head of acquisitions] Pilar Perez more time to concentrate on building on our current drama relationships and investing in new scripted content from the earliest stages of development to production finance,” said CEO Nicky Davies Williams in a statement.

The promotion comes after DCD added BBC doc series Women & Art (3x 60-minutes) and Medieval Lives: Birth, Marriage, Death (3 x 60-minutes); a third season of TLC’s I Found the Gown (26 x 30-minutes); the Weather Channel’s Coast Guard Pacific North West (13 x 60-minutes); and the Readers Digest wildlife series Secrets of Life in the Wild (3 x 60-minutes) to its catalog.

In sales news, DCD has sold Real to Reel Productions’ Animism: People Who Love Objects (1 x 60-minutes/1 x 90-minutes) to Discovery Communications for the UK, Eire and the Netherlands, Logo Networks for the U.S., ABC in Australia, Japan’s Nippon Television and Yes Satellite in Israel.

Foxtel in Australia has picked up Rize USA’s current affairs special The Alps Murders (1 x 60-minutes); TV2 in Denmark and VMMA in Belgium have picked up Prospect’s Metal Thieves (1 x 60-minutes); and SBS in the Netherlands and ABC in Australia bought Rize USA’s Confessions of a Wedding Planner (four x 60-minutes).

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