TBEN Studios Receives Inaugural Mipcom Studio Of Distinction Award; ‘Searching For Sugar Man’ Producer Passion Adds Head of Development – Global Briefs


TBEN Studios Receives Inaugural Mipcom Studio Of Distinction Award

TBEN Studios will be recognized with Mipcom’s first-ever Studio of Distinction award at this year’s October market and CEO Tom Fussell will be joined by TBEN DG Tim Davie for a speech on day one. Forged to mark a milestone by a global studio, the award will be presented as the TBEN turns 100 and international broadcasting turns 90. Davie, who was CEO of TBEN Studios before being replaced by Fussell last year, will talk about the “enduring importance of the TBEN at home and around the world”, while Fussell will discuss the “rapid pace of change” in the studio behind people like Frozen Planet II, Good Omens and Ton acceleration. TBEN Studios comes after a record year in which profits increased by more than 50% and sales increased by 30%. The commercial arm is growing in importance for the TBEN as it struggles to save hundreds of millions of pounds each year and faces challenges to its funding model. “Our first receivers could not be more timely or relevant given the extraordinary international impact and continued influence of this unique producer, broadcaster and distributor,” said Lucy Smith, director of Mipcom and Mip Junior, the latter of whom will see a speech from the TBEN. Studios MD, Kids & Family, Cecilia Persson.

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‘Searching For Sugar Man’ Producer Passion Adds Head of Development

Looking for Sugar Man producer Passion has added a Head of Development to his Docs team. Cathal McElhinney moves from Box to Box Films, where he was Development Executive, most recently on Apple TV+s Make or break and an upcoming four-parter on Carlos Ghosn. David Moulton, Creative Director of Passion Docs, called McElhinney a “talented developer who brings a wealth of rich storytelling experience to the team and who will play a key role in building and developing our ambitious premium series and individual series.” documents.” Passion Docs is within Passion and has had movies recently The real Charlie Chaplin and The rescue nominated at the News and Documentary Emmys.

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