London-based rights ownership and distribution company TCB Media Rights has brought on two new execs to bolster the company’s legal and rights departments ahead of the MIPCOM market in Cannes next month.
Royston Perera, a rights-management specialist with experience at Discovery Networks International and Sky, has been named to the newly-created role of rights executive.
Meanwhile, John Bentham, who previously worked in senior roles at Endemol Shine, Company Pictures and Fremantle, has been appointed legal and business affairs manager.
The appointments come as TCB prepares to launch 40 new commissions at MIPCOM, accounting for 60% of the company’s catalog of more than 2,900 hours of content.
The TCB slate includes How Did They Build That? (8 x 60 minutes; pictured), from Curve Media; How I Created A Cult (3 x 60 minutes), from Conscious Life; Shipwreck Secrets (6 x 60 minutes), from Like A Shot Entertainment; Lords of the Oceans (13 x 60 minutes), from Arcadia TV; and Hitched in Vegas (10 x 60 minutes), from Hunch Media.
“We’ve doubled in size over the last two years and we’re incredibly proud of that. But the truth is, factual distributors have to keep moving in a market that’s hurtling towards the future,” said Paul Heaney, CEO of TCB Media Rights, in a statement.
“You have to be the first to spot new trends and finance models. Scale gives you a competitive edge and buys you the ability to focus on your strengths rather than just survival. With a surplus of content out there, just launching new shows is no longer enough. Those shows have to be fresh, surprising and above all different in their own way — and not just different creatively, but also in how they are financed, developed and distributed. Our MIPCOM slate offers all of that, we hope.”