Extra: John Ford joins TRX advisory board; David Lerech upped at Crooked Horse

John Ford joins TRX advisory board Global online deal-making tool for TV rights TRX (The RightsXchange) has appointed NPACT general manager John Ford to its advisory board. Ford will join other board members Andrea ...
January 18, 2018

John Ford joins TRX advisory board

Global online deal-making tool for TV rights TRX (The RightsXchange) has appointed NPACT general manager John Ford to its advisory board.

Ford will join other board members Andrea Wong, former president, international production for Sony Pictures Television and president, international for Sony Pictures Entertainment; John McVay, chief executive of Pact, the UK independent producers’ association and Stephen Lambert, CEO of Studio Lambert.

Ford’s career spans forty years in media, including senior executive positions at Discovery Communications, National Geographic Channel and in public television. In addition to being GM for NPACT, he is also the head of programming for Cooper Media Group’s Justice and Quest networks. He is also president of the consulting company, John Ford Media, LLC. Past clients include Scripps Interactive’s Travel Channel, ABC, TNT, AMC Networks’ WEtv and National Geographic Channel.

TRX rolled out globally in October, enabling buyers and sellers to engage, negotiate deal terms online. BBC Worldwide and Sky Vision will list their entire catalogs on TRX, joining the many other distribution companies which have already done so.

TRX was founded by former RDF Media and Zodiak executives, brothers David and Matthew Frank, and has raised £11m ($US 15,263,820) of finance to date.

Ford and the TRX team will be attending The Realscreen Summit 2018, from January 28 to 31st at the Marriott Marquis in Washington DC.

David Lerech upped at Crooked Horse

Toronto-based global entertainment firm Boat Rocker has promoted David Lerech to SVP of Crooked Horse, the studio’s factual production house.

Formerly vice-president, Lerech will continue to oversee all day-to-day activities of Crooked Horse, including development and production, reporting to Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier, co-executive chairman of Boat Rocker Media and co-presidents of Boat Rocker Studios.

“Dave has proven to be an extraordinary asset for Boat Rocker,” said Schneeberg and Fortier, in a joint statement. “Within a very short time, Dave assembled a team that we consider to be among the best in the business, helped us launch the Crooked Horse brand and, together with his team, put together a stellar development and production slate, including the new series Late Night EatsHistory in the Making and the up-coming Vintage Tech Hunters.  His promotion is well-deserved.”

Boat Rocker launched Crooked Horse Productions last May — a move that was the result of the company’s rebrand, when Temple Street Productions became Boat Rocker Media. Lerech served as director, factual entertainment at Temple before the rebrand.

Urban Movie Channel nabs SVOD rights to Black Love

African-American and urban content streaming service Urban Movie Channel (UMC) has acquired exclusive SVOD rights for the docuseries Black Love.

Created by newlywed filmmakers Codie Elaine Oliver and Tommy Oliver and Confluential Films, Black Love spotlights love stories from the black community while looking to answer the question,”What does it take to make a marriage or relationship work?”

Featured couples include Viola Davis and Julius Tennon, Meagan Good and Devon Franklin, and Tia Mowry and Cory Hardrict.

The first episode will begin streaming on Feb. 2, with additional episodes added weekly through Feb.23, after which all four episodes will be available to stream.



About The Author
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.