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Weather Channel brings on Tony Leadman to head up international distribution

Allen Media Group, the mediaco formed by Byron Allen and parent company to the Weather Channel, has brought on veteran television executive Tony Leadman to head up international distribution for ...
June 21, 2022

Allen Media Group, the mediaco formed by Byron Allen and parent company to the Weather Channel, has brought on veteran television executive Tony Leadman to head up international distribution for the network’s primetime programming and original series.

Leadman, who came on board the Weather Group division earlier this month, is responsible for developing and leading a business unit that will distribute such Weather Channel programs as Frozen Gold, Uncharted Adventure and The Earth Unlocked to broadcasters and content platforms around the world.

Prior to joining the Weather Channel, Leadman worked on the international distribution front with Canada’s CTV and Bell Media, most recently heading up Exploration Distribution Inc., the distribution division for Discovery Canada’s in-house production unit. Leadman was among the execs impacted when Bell Media folded that production unit, Exploration Production Inc., into Bell Media Studios early last year.

Before his time with CTV and Bell Media, Leadman served as Canadian executive manager of MGM Studios’ television division.

“Tony Leadman is highly accomplished and respected in the international broadcast industry,” said Byron Allen, founder/chairman/CEO of Allen Media Group. “With his extensive experience in media, sales and marketing, we are confident Tony will help us achieve our international programming initiatives and goals.”

“We intend to form partnerships and supply agreements with the world’s major broadcasters and producers,” added Leadman. “It’s exciting to be joining a progressive team as the Weather Channel continues to innovate and adapt their primetime programming.”

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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