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Extra: Veteran sales exec joins Abacus Media; Off the Fence shops “Fantastic Friends” globally

Abacus Media Rights appoints Diane Tripp as new sales agent Abacus Media Rights has appointed veteran industry executive Diane Tripp as an agent responsible for program sales to the U.S. and Canada. Tripp has ...
October 25, 2021

Abacus Media Rights appoints Diane Tripp as new sales agent

Abacus Media Rights has appointed veteran industry executive Diane Tripp as an agent responsible for program sales to the U.S. and Canada.

Tripp has worked more for than 25 years as an industry consultant specializing in global content licensing, coproduction deals and strategic development. She launched Diane Tripp Media last year, a company focusing on content strategy and global licensing negotiations in North America.

Prior to her own company, Tripp worked at The Fremantle Corporation, where she licensed several hit U.S. TV series around the world, managing all aspects of distribution. Abacus, which is a member of the Amcomri Media Group, has made several sales in the U.S. for programs such as The Beatles and India, The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash and a Conservatorship and In the Shadow of 9/11.

“Diane leverages her market knowledge and close relationships to maximize content reach and efficiently drive business growth and we are extremely pleased to have Diane looking after our expanding catalogue in the U.S.,” said Jonathan Ford, Abacus managing director, in a news release.

Off the Fence begins distribution on Fantastic Friends starring actors from Harry Potter franchise

Factual production company Off the Fence has launched global distribution of Dash Pictures’ new six-part series Fantastic Friends.

The series follows two actors from the Harry Potter franchise, James and Oliver Phelps who play the Weasley twins in all eight of the franchise’s films, as they explore cities around the world with friends guiding them through each location. The duo also joins other stars such as Maisie Williams, Sophie Skelton and Haley Joel Osment, and actresses from the Harry Potter franchise including Evanna Lynch and Bonnie Wright.

International locations Fantastic Friends will visit include Iceland, Ireland, Dubai and St. Lucia.

The series is produced and directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Daniel Sharp. Sharp, the Phelps twins and Martin Blencowe serve as executive producers.

“Dash Pictures, who we worked with on Plane Crash Recreated, always deliver shows that work extremely well internationally, and it’s great to be working again with Daniel Sharp and his talented team,” said Loren Baxter, Off the Fence’s head of acquisitions.

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