In what is thought to be a first for a factual distributor, TCB Media Rights has hired Hannah Demidowicz to serve in the newly created role of Commissioning Editor.
Demidowicz joins TCB from BBC Worldwide, where she also served as a Commissioning Editor and , in addition to commissioning content for international channels, forged co-production partnerships with BBC Three, Channel 4 and ITV. Prior to BBC Worldwide, she was Commissioning Editor for National Geographic Channels International.
Her appointment reflects TCB’s evolution from a mere distribution company to also being mini-commissioner. This past year the company green-lit 50 hours of self-funded and co-developed projects to sit alongside acquired content on their distribution slate. They intend maintain or increase that total over the next two years.
“The appointment of such a commissioning superstar in Hannah is a real coup but also a natural next step for TCB. Our core function is as a traditional Distributor but we now have a duty of care to not only respect the investments made to the producers but also to ensure the show sells”, said Paul Heaney, CEO of TCB Media Rights. “We have been working with producers at the earliest stages since launch at the end of 2012 and now we have the competence, experience and resources to back it up. The buyers know they have ‘one of their own’ in Hannah.’
“All of my previous roles have been with broadcasters so as I understand it, this is the first time that an executive with my experience and skillset has joined an independent distributor — which in itself is new and exciting”, added Hannah Demidowicz. “The response to my appointment from TCB’s producer network has been overwhelmingly positive. With many distributors now involving themselves upstream in the development process, traditional roles and boundaries are becoming more fluid, as the creative industry adapts to the challenges of globalisation.”