TCB Media Rights Bolsters Team, Secures Deals for U.S. Titles


LONDON: TCB Media Rights has appointed a new acquisitions and sales executive and has also finalized sales for three of its top U.S. titles, among them Murder Made Me Famous.

Claire Runham has been appointed as TCB Media Rights’s acquisitions and sales executive. In that role, she will focus on managing the company’s relationships with its growing lineup of producers. Runham joins TCB from National Geographic Channels International, where she served as development and production coordinator of programming. She has also worked at BBC, London Film Academy and Dragonfly Film & Television in various marketing, research and talent-management roles.

Kate Llewellyn-Jones, the managing director of TCB Media Rights, commented: “It’s a real coup for us to have Claire join us. Her ability to make relationships tick, her creative instincts and her amazing attitude make her the perfect interface between the creative engine that drives our company—the producers—and the hard commercial realities of the market.”

In addition to its new hire, the company has made headway in the sales of a trio of series from the U.S. Murder Made Me Famous, from AMS Pictures, examines the psychology of killers and has been sold to UKTV, CBS Reality Poland and Digicast Italy. More deals are expected to be closed soon.

Copycat Killers, meanwhile, looks at Hollywood films that have inspired real-life crimes. It has been picked up by Foxtel Australia and Investigation Discovery (ID) for the U.K. and Nordic territories. The second season of Cry Havoc Productions’s Supercar Superbuild has been pre-bought by Discovery International and MTG World (Nordic and CEE). The first season is set to premiere on Smithsonian Channel.

Paul Heaney, the CEO of TCB Media Rights, said: “We have never had a title that’s been as much in demand as Murder Made Me Famous. That’s mostly because it’s a great show about a compelling subject—the weird fascination that some murderers hold for the pubic—but it’s also a reflection of a wider market trend. Real-life crime is arguably the hottest genre in factual at the moment, with broadcasters and producers turning the traditional look and structure of these shows on their head.”