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What services do we provide?


COMMERCIAL ADVICE

We provide practical commercial advice and business guidance to ensure that you maximise the value of your company and its assets. That advice could involve devising and negotiating innovative business models to reflect the ever-changing media landscape and new platforms. Alternatively, we can be a sounding board for new ideas or solutions to existing problems.

BUSINESS AFFAIRS

We offer a complete business affairs service from helping you to structure the deal, negotiating with broadcasters and financiers, to answering ad hoc production queries. We understand the need to take a pragmatic approach to deliver results quickly and efficiently in line with production needs.

We can also provide you with pro forma production pack documentation that you can reuse on future projects.

RIGHTS AUDIT

We can arrange a thorough audit of the rights you own to enable you to exploit them to maximum effect.

CO-PRODUCTION

At a time of shrinking domestic budgets and a developing international market, there has never been a greater need and opportunity for co-production and co-finance. We can provide co-production expertise through our network of specialists and can negotiate and structure deals with co-producers and co-financiers to ensure everyone’s interests are balanced effectively.

PROGRAMME AND CONTENT COMPLIANCE

We offer sensible day-to-day compliance advice throughout the life of a project.

In addition, we can offer a full review of your company’s internal compliance procedures to ensure that you adhere to broadcaster safeguarding trust requirements.


What else do we bring to the table?

As well as our core services, we can supply holiday or contract cover to ensure that your business continues to run effectively when an extra pair of hands is needed.

Media Wizards also works with a number of third party companies to offer complementary services including production and Royalty Accounting, Payroll Services, HR, IT and Facilities Management.

Together with our core services, this enables us to provide a full business infrastructure for our clients.

Who Are Media Wizards?

Media Wizards was set up by Mark Rogers and Simon Hall and launched in 2013


MARK ROGERS

FOUNDER AND JOINT MANAGING DIRECTOR

After qualifying as a media lawyer, Mark joined Channel 4’s Business Affairs Department where he had responsibility for the commercial aspects for the Channel’s independent film and drama, factual, factual entertainment and digital output/

Mark left Channel 4 to join RDF Media Group (now Banijay) in the role of Chief Commercial Officer responsible for all the commercial aspects of the UK production output as well as its international distribution activities through Zodiak Rights.

Since co-founding Media Wizards Mark has worked across a number of genres including drama, film, documentary, entertainment. Recent productions that Mark has worked on include Wolf Hall: Mirror and the Light (BBC), King and Conqueror (BBC/CBS), Mary and George (Sky), Lost Boys and Fairies (BBC), 9/11: Inside the President's War Room (Apple/BBC) and The Masked Singer (ITV).

mark.rogers@mediawizards.tv
07973 891 577

SIMON HALL

FOUNDER AND JOINT MANAGING DIRECTOR

Simon started his career at City law firm Reed Smith where he specialised in film finance and production working on films including “Gosford Park”. Since then, Simon has worked in commercial and business affairs departments for a number of television broadcasters and UK production companies.  Simon was the Head of Legal for Zodiak UK (now Banijay) for a number of years overseeing the commercial and business affairs functions of ten UK production companies.


Simon co-founded Media Wizards with Mark in 2013 and specialises in drama, comedy, children’s and entertainment programming. Simon has experience on working projects for commissioning entities such as Apple, Netflix, Amazon, Disney+, BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky and UKTV.  Recent projects Simon has worked on include “Bad Sisters” (Apple), “The Windsors” (C4), “G’Wed” (ITVX), “The She Goes” (BBC), “Malory Towers” (BBC), “The Masked Singer” (ITV) and “I Jack Wright” (UKTV/BBC).

simon.hall@mediawizards.tv
07967 392 278

 


Susan Cooke

Senior Business Affairs Consultant

Susan originally qualified into the intellectual property department of City law firm Nicholson Graham and Jones (now K&L Gates), before moving into Channel 4’s Business Affairs department. There, she worked across several genres, including Entertainment, T4, Music and Arts, Channel 4’s, and also working across some of Channel 4’s digital, merchandising and main sponsorship deals.

From Channel 4, Susan moved into the independent production sector, working for At It Productions and then as Lion Television’s Director of Legal and Business Affairs for twelve years where she gained direct experience on a wide variety of high profile programming, ranging from popular and award winning shows such as Horrible Histories and Homes under the Hammer, to blue chip international documentaries such as Secrets of China’s Forbidden City and The Hunt for the Arctic Ghost Ship.

susan.cooke@mediawizards.tv


KATE LEONARD

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Kate is an experienced executive assistant having worked at Channel 4 and Zodiak Media amongst other media companies. She is responsible for all the operational and administrative functions for Media Wizards, including billing, arranging meetings and supplies.

kate.leonard@mediawizards.tv


Georges

Georges trained at City law firm Penningtons Manches Cooper before joining Birketts.  After two years working in their general commercial team he decided to specialise in media law and moved in house at Turner Broadcasting (now part of Warner Media).

From Turner Broadcasting, Georges joined the BBC as a Business Affairs Manager, working across Art and Music TV commissioning and acquisitions for three years, where he gained valuable experience across a range of programming, from high profile music events such as Global Citizen Live 2021 and Glastonbury to specialist Arts documentaries such as Secrets of the Museum and Art That Made Us. At Media Wizards Georges has worked across scripted and unscripted projects including feature films.


Our Clients

The flexibility and benefits of out-sourcing with an in-house sensibility.

Experience of working for broadcasters, production companies, digital producers, distributors, talent agencies and publishers. Knowledge of a range of genres from film to factual, comedy to kids and everything in between.