Industry insights from the best in the business

Broadcast’s Dealmakers supplement is intended to provide a snapshot of some of the most interesting and innovative executives in the business. It can’t ever be comprehensive, but it does try to encapsulate the way companies are working on the eve of international programme market Mipcom.

If there’s an obvious trend we’ve tried to highlight, it’s the increasingly complex and creative nature of production finance. Lookout Point’s Simon Vaughan, BBC Worldwide’s Jane Tranter, SPT’s Marie Jacobson, Muse’s Michael Prupas and NGCI’s Hamish Mykura are all examples of executives developing new business models.

Not to be forgotten in this regard is the new breed of rights-centric distributor – exemplified by EWD’s Cathy Payne, ITVS GE’s Maria Kyriacou and Cineflix Rights’ Chris Bonney. Commercially shrewd yet creatively driven, executives like these are critical in taking the vision of great writers, show-runners and producers from conception to completion.

We’ve also tried to focus on executives running start-ups or revamped studios. Fascinating examples include Sky Vision’s Carl Hall, TCB’s Paul Heaney and Stewart Till, who has revitalised and rebranded RHI as Sonar Entertainment. We also talk to Passion’s Sally Miles and WBITVP’s Andrew Zein about how they have built successful businesses from scratch. One of the most interesting current trends is the way leading talents are crossing between scripted and unscripted production.

We are delighted to have two of the industry’s biggest hit-makers in this issue. Mark Burnett tells us about his new scripted epic The Bible, while Thom Beers gives us an insight into his first few days as head of Fremantle Media North America.

We’re also grateful to Jonathan Jackson for talking to us just days after taking over at distributor DRG, and Nadine Nohr – who has only recently been appointed acting MD at Shine International.

No deals analysis would be complete without some reference to digital platforms. So there are profiles of Blinkbox architect Michael Comish and Robert Kyncl, head of global content at Google/YouTube, who is giving a keynote speech at Mipcom. Last but not least, spare a thought for the execs who have to wade through 1,000s of hours of content and decide what to acquire for their channel. Representing the buyers is Channel 5’s Katie Keenan, who has bought some top shows this year.

Andy Fry, supplement editor