Simon Vyvyan, CEO The Television Affairs Consultancy

Simon has specialised exclusively in the television sector since 1993 and his expertise covers all programming genres and all aspects of development, financing, production and distribution. 

A graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge, Simon trained and qualified as a lawyer with Reed Smith LLP (1989-1993) after which he joined Granada Television Productions (1993-2000). He completed an MBA in 2001 and soon after he was invited to join the Shine launch team.

After a three-year involvement at Shine, Simon left in 2004 to establish Industry Media, a successful business affairs consultancy which was subsequently acquired by the James Grant Group (2012).

The Television Affairs Consultancy (“TVA” for short) is Simon’s third successive start-up 

since 2001 and it is designed as a bespoke service to the UK independent television production sector offering Business Affairs / Commercial Affairs advice and support. 

TVA is structured as a joint venture with an established media & entertainment law firm (Harbottle & Lewis) who can also offer indies Corporate Affairs / Legal Affairs services. This new combination allows a business affairs consultancy and a law firm to work together to deliver a unique service which, until now, has not been available to television producers and content creators. This joint venture has been created in response to the continued consolidation of the television production sector and the gathering pace of convergence within the creative industries. We are describing ourselves as a ‘Television Affairs’ consultancy – a new phrase for a new service in a new phase of convergence and consolidation. In a practical sense, this means that, on a first look deal, TVA can give specialist advice on the distribution agreement and Harbottle & Lewis can give specialist advice on the investment and corporate documentation that is often part and parcel of the transaction.

Over the last 10 years, Simon has negotiated first look distribution agreements with all of the major UK distributors including BBC Worldwide, FremantleMedia International and ITV Studios Global Entertainment as well as other players such as Content Media and Red Arrow. His first look producer clients have included Baby Cow, Big Talk, Clerkenwell, Cliffhanger, Cosmopolitan, CPL, Left Bank, Lookout Point, Mammoth Screen, Noho, Outline, Plain Vanilla, Red Planet, Ruby, Sally Head, Shine and Tidy and he is currently working on first look agreements for two new clients.

He is delighted to be able to bring his experience and enthusiasm to the Indielab.

Harriet Palmer