Paul Heaney launched TCB Media Rights in October 2012 with a mission to achieve four things: to sell and pre sell at a high rate, to help producers co-create IP, establish a global commercial and creative network by facilitating international buyer’s briefs and to act as an agent where applicable. Heaney and his 20-strong team now work with some of the most highly regarded production companies in the business and leverage their network of co-production, broadcaster and pre-sales relationships across the globe to help them realise their programme-making ambitions. The company was acquired by the Kew Media Group in October 2017 significantly increasing Kew’s ability to broaden its distribution activity in the non-scripted arena.
With more than 200 titles in its rapidly expanding portfolio, TCB Media Rights’ works with over 100 producer-partners from around the world. Their broadcast clients include all the major factual broadcasters and platforms and their relationships span from acquisition to commission.
Paul has in-depth market intelligence and insider knowledge of what the global content industry wants and where and how it wants to watch it, all of which has contributed significantly to TCB’s content slate and corporate development. Prior to launching TCB as a one-man operation, Heaney served as President and Managing Director of Cineflix Rights, which he started in 2002. Over the next decade, he built up the business from a boutique operator into a major distributor, posting double- or triple-digit growth year-on-year. TCB has made Broadcast magazine’s peer poll of most loved distributor in the last four years and is again one of the fastest growing distributors in the UK, 3 years in a row. Prior to Cineflix, Heaney was Commercial Director at BSkyB, working with the UK broadcaster’s joint-venture channels. Before this, he served as Head of Sales at Southern Star. He also has 13 years of experience in advertising and media sales which he describes as “brutal but fun”.