Simon joined the BBC in 2000 from UKTV, with a proven track record as a Commercial Director, managing P&L’s and delivering major sales growth through negotiating complex partnerships in broadcast and online video; and through financing TV shows and taking equity stakes in production companies.
Whilst at the BBC, Simon was Commercial Director for Content & Production where he was responsible for investing in programming from independent producers, with ownership of an 8 figure investment budget. Whilst as Commercial Director, Simon also launched BBC Worldwide’s digital production business. The digital content commissioned included 2 YouTube Channels – “Earth Unplugged” and a science channel with James May.
Simon was promoted to General Manager for BBC Store, Global iPlayer and YouTube Channels. His role included launching BBC Store, leading the operations of BBC’s Global iPlayer subscription services outside the UK across 18 countries, including Western Europe and Australia, as well as lead the BBC’s Global YouTube Network of 10 channels. Simon and the team doubled subscribers from 3m to 6m in 12 months and grew views and advertising revenue by 25%.
As a formats and distribution specialist for nearly 20 years, Andrea kick started her career as a Formats Pioneer at Action Time, now part of ITV Global. While there, she launched the International Distribution business at British Production House, building the "Robot Wars" brand into a global hit.
In 2000, Andrea launched the production and distribution business, Zeal Entertainment, which she subsequently sold to DRG in 2006. Andrea then joined DRG’s Senior Management Team where she led the company’s Content Acquisitions drive, managing a multi-million pound investment budget. Andrea was part of the Senior Management Team that presented the DRG business for sale, helping facilitate a high profile sale to MTG. Within the new group, she was responsible for managing the relationships with the 28 production companies within the MTG/Nice Group, and working with them to hone and curate their development and production slates for International Distribution.
Andrea has now set up her own company, Magnify Media, which specialises in distribution and rights management, working with producers, rights owners and broadcasters to develop and exploit rights across content platforms on a global basis.
Alison has spent over 20 years in the Television Distribution Industry and is the founder and former CEO of Target Entertainment. At Target Entertainment, Alison managed all business rights ranging from traditional television distribution to licensing/merchandising, home entertainment and digital sales.
Alison has managed sales and production teams across diverse revenue streams to create countless global brands, and having founded and built one of the UK’s leading rights management businesses, Alison and her new company, Raydar Media, bring in-depth knowledge to Infinity of the value of rights across all programming genres and how to monetise them globally.
Nicola has been managing celebrity talent since 1998. From 2009-2015, she headed up the Factual, Specialist and Sports Media departments at one of the UK’s leading talent agencies, James Grant Management.
She has excellent contacts in the TV, media and publishing industries and has strong experience in handling contract negotiations and working with digital, social media, brand and legal teams to offer a holistic service. Nicola joined James Grant after selling her own company, NCI management, which she set up in 1998, to First Artist Management.
A newspaper journalist by background, Nicola moved from major regional titles to work at ITN and then GMTV, where she managed live output and produced many of the programme’s overseas and charity specials. That insider knowledge of news and TV production proved invaluable when she went onto manage on-screen talent.
Nicola has recently set up her own consultancy agency offering creative solutions and strategic advice to brands, organisations and events companies.