Simon Vyvyan, Founder and CEO, TVA

Simon Vyvyan 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. 

Over the last 25 years, he has negotiated first-look distribution agreements with all of the major UK distributors including BBC Studios Distribution, FremantleMedia, ITVGE and Sky Vision, as well as Banijay Rights, Content Media, DRG and Red Arrow. 

His first-look producer clients have included Baby Cow, Big Talk, Clerkenwell, Cliffhanger, Cosmopolitan, CPL, Greenacre, Hillbilly, Left Bank, Lookout Point, Mammoth Screen, Noho, Plain Vanilla, Red Planet, Ruby, Sally Head, Shine and Tidy.

A graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge, Simon trained and qualified as a lawyer with Reed Smith LLP (1989-1993) after which he became Controller of Business Affairs at Granada Television Productions (1993-2000). He completed an MBA in 2001 and, soon after, was invited to join the Shine launch team. After a three-year involvement at Shine, Simon established Industry Media, a successful business affairs consultancy which, after eight years, was acquired by the James Grant Group (2012).

The Television Affairs Consultancy (TVA for short) is designed as a bespoke service to the UK independent television production sector, offering Business Affairs / Commercial Affairs advice and support to television producers and content creators. It is structured as a joint venture with an established media and entertainment law firm (Harbottle & Lewis) who can also offer TVA’s clients 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. 

In a practical sense, this means that, on a first-look deal, TVA can give specialist advice on the distribution agreement and, if the first-look deal also has an equity component, Harbottle & Lewis can give specialist advice on the investment and corporate documentation (i.e., it’s a one-stop shop for the indie).

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

Harriet Palmer