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Jimmy Humphrey to exit Beyond Rights as head of acquisitions

Jimmy Humphrey is stepping down from Beyond Rights, the distribution arm of Beyond International, as head of acquisitions and co-productions, Realscreen has confirmed. Humphrey (pictured) had been named to helm Beyond’s newly minted sales unit following widespread ...
October 15, 2020

Jimmy Humphrey is stepping down from Beyond Rights, the distribution arm of Beyond International, as head of acquisitions and co-productions, Realscreen has confirmed.

Humphrey (pictured) had been named to helm Beyond’s newly minted sales unit following widespread restructuring to the company’s distribution division, resulting from the acquisition of TCB Media Rights. The London-headquartered TV distributor formerly sat under the now-collapsed Kew Media Group banner.

The reorganization had resulted in the majority of personnel being retained, according to Beyond. Last month, the company stated seven London-based employees had departed TCB Media Rights and Beyond because of role redundancies, mostly in sales positions.

Beyond Rights is led by former TCB Media Rights managing director Kate Llewellyn-Jones. The unit was formed in July after Beyond International merged TCB Media Rights with Beyond Distribution.

In June, former TCB Media Rights CEO Paul Heaney and executive director Dina Subhani stepped down from their positions. Earlier this month, the pair resurfaced to launch the distribution and coproduction outfit BossaNova.

“With COVID-19, the acquisition of TCB Media Rights and the subsequent merger into Beyond Rights, 2020 has been a somewhat unsettling year,” said Humphrey in a statement. “It had been on my mind for a while to take a break, however, I wanted to wait until the merger was complete, the two acquisitions teams had come together, and Kate had got everything else in place for the business going forward. The timing now feels right for me to think about what’s next.”

Humphrey continued: “Kate has got a brilliant team around her and Beyond Rights is a great company, well-placed to do exciting things in the future. I will follow its progress with keen interest.”

“Jimmy is a leading light in the acquisitions world and a respected and extremely popular member of the team. While I understand his decision, I am very sorry to see him go,” added Llewellyn-Jones. “He has proved a great support over my first two months as CEO, but we will honour his hard work and sizeable contribution by continuing to do the very best for all the producer partners – and their incredible content – that he has helped bring to the Beyond Rights business.”

With files from Jillian Morgan

About The Author
Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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