Jimmy Humphrey, formerly acquisitions chief at Passion Distribution, has been appointed to the newly created position of head of acquisitions and coproductions at London-based distributor TCB Media Rights.
Working alongside acquisitions and copro executive Claire Runham, Humphrey will be responsible for building TCB’s network of indie production partners to further bolster the company’s growing content library.
He reports into TCB founder and CEO Paul Heaney.
During his tenure as head of acquisitions at Passion, Humphrey was responsible for the continued development and management of the international pipeline, creating and implementing Passion’s content strategy and establishing relationships with rights owners and broadcasters.
Prior to Passion, he spent three years as VP of sales and acquisitions at Banijay International, responsible for acquiring global rights to programs and formats predominately across the UK, Australia and New Zealand, as well as Scandinavia, North America and Asia-Pacific.
Humphrey further held positions at FremantleMedia and at Shine International before its merger with Endemol.
“At TCB, we don’t just sell shows — we help conceive, finance and develop them, working closely with our producer-partners every step of the way. Jimmy is one of the few people who truly gets this ‘new world’ of distribution, and is capable of spreading the word in his own way,” said Heaney in a statement. “He’s a rising star but he’s already achieved a huge amount, as his track record at Passion Distribution demonstrates. I’m confident he’ll fit right in with the TCB culture.”
Elsewhere, the Kew Media Group-owned TCB has unveiled two series funded entirely in-house and currently in production. They include Back2Back’s air travel series Cabin Fever (or Airports Caught On Camera; 6 x 60 minutes), and First Look TV’s A Killer’s Mistake (10 x 60 minutes), which examines the key errors that have led to the arrests of some of the world’s most fearsome murderers.