Brendan Kelly to Head Distribution and IP
CHF Media Group has announced the launch of a commercial distribution, development and production arm to be led by ex-BBC and Universal industry veteran Brendan Kelly.
More recently Kelly was head of sales and co-production at UK indie Black Diamond with Channel 5 returning series Charley Boorman’s Extreme Frontiers among his recent credits.
The new company, CHF Rights will exploit all CHF Media Group’s in-house productions and acquired third-party content from other independent producers across all platforms, windows and territories. Currently on the slate are two brand new animated series, Pip! and HeroGliffix, both developed by CHF Media Group and in production for launch on UK terrestrial channels in late 2014. Both Pip! and The HeroGliffix, have been funded via the UK government’s Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS).
Additionally, CHF Rights has strategic ambitions beyond the animation genre and will work both in-house and with third-party producers to develop new IP for pitching to UK and US broadcasters. Also, as a result of a recent round of funding, CHF Rights is also seeking partnerships and possible acquisitions in order to expand the group, strengthen its overseas production capabilities and help drive the commercialisation of its portfolio of rights.
It is now looking to recruit key executives to ensure strategic growth across all areas of activity.
Kelly said of the new venture, which is located in Central London: “CHF Rights is entering the market at a unique time. The new business opportunities are unprecedented and at CHF Rights we aim to align ourselves with the resources and expertise to create content which will engage with the consumer in a constantly changing global market.”
The reincarnation of the iconic animation company Cosgrove Hall, CHF Media Group was formed in 2011 and brings together the multi-award winning team of Brian Cosgrove and Simon Hall with Francis Fitzpatrick, creator of the seven-time Emmy Award-winning show Jakers! Simon Hall is the son of the legendary children’s animator Mark Hall who, with Brian Cosgrove, was responsible for some of the greatest TV hits of the Eighties, including Danger Mouse and Wind in the Willows.
Earlier this year, CHFMG appointed serial entrepreneur and management guru Sir Eric Peacock as chairman of its executive board. The announcement follows the appointment of national treasure Sir David Jason both as a non-executive director and as the voice of some of the new characters.