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UK rights-ownership and distribution company TCB Media Rights has struck a deal with production-support consultancy The Televators to provide bespoke operational and budgeting support for its slate of in-house commissions.

KirstieMcLure TCB 22March2019The Televators comprises a collective of chief operating officers and heads of production. Co-founders Kirstie McLure (pictured) and Nikki Tilley say they became aware of a service gap whilst running UK factual indie Pioneer Productions, where they needed to skill-up temporarily at a senior planning and budgeting level for productions. The business provides interim support, budget management, operational staff recruitment, and financial and business-affairs services to a range of clients, from individual creatives to helping mid-size indies manage budgets, staffing, production planning and broadcast client.

The new deal is intended to provide TCB Media Rights with what it calls a flexible operational infrastructure, enabling it to manage commissions more efficiently and cost effectively, whilst providing delivery assurance to channels and ensuring that budgets are met.

Demidowicz was first appointed to the position of commissioning editor in May 2018 in what is believed to have been a first for a factual distribution business. In this time, TCB Media Rights says it has since cemented its status as a ‘mini-commissioner’, giving the greenlight to approximately 200 hours of self-funded and co-developed projects. Titles include the recently announced Hunch Media’s Shocking Emergency Calls (10 x 60 mins) and Phoenix Television’s Underground Worlds (10 x 60 mins).

“The Televators provide us with the last piece of the commissioning jigsaw, just as any broadcaster has an in-house production management team we must also have this function to ensure we provide a duty of care to our clients and our production partners,” explained Demidowicz. “With the help of Kirstie, Nikki and their team, TCB now has the talent and resources to take its commissioning activities to the next level.”

McLure added: “TCB is an agile and progressive company, it already distributes great content with proven commercial success. It makes perfect sense that TCB has taken the step to fully commission great content from its network of dynamic producers who understand the international market and can created and deliver great content on a modest budget. Our extensive experience and global network of ‘Televators’ means we can flexibly support TCB and provide full production administration throughout the process. Together we’re looking forward to delivering strong creative programming that’s entertaining, on-time and in-budget.”