CEO of Beyond Rights, David Smyth, is to exit the company following its acquisition by Banijay Rights late last year.

A Banijay Rights spokesman said: “David Smyth, CEO, Beyond Rights, will be leaving the business, with his last day being January 31st.

“He joined Beyond Rights in December 2021 and made a significant contribution to the company through his strong and effective leadership. We’d like to thank him for his hard work and commitment to the business and wish him all the best with his future endeavours.

“The move comes as Banijay embarks on integrating Beyond International Limited into its existing group.”

Smyth joined Beyond in November 2021. The former Twentieth Century Fox and Sky One exec took over from Kate Llewellyn-Jones. Before he joined Beyond, Smyth was founder and CEO of AVOD service Before that he worked for lengthy periods at both Twentieth Century Fox, latterly as SVP and managing director, and at Sky One, where he was head of acquisitions. He has also worked at both the BBC and ITV.

Beyond Rights has more than 8,000 hours of IP. From third-party producers and in-house production, its key distributed titles include Highway Thru Hell, Heavy Rescue: 401, Massive Engineering Mistakes, Halifax: Retribution, MythBusters and Deadly Women.

Beyond Productions’ latest titles include Back in the Groove, a new dating series for Hulu, produced in partnership with Walt Disney Television Alternative; multi-territory franchise, Love It or List It Australia and the 8-part scripted series Troppo (co-produced with EQ Media) screening on Freevee USA and ABC Australia


Jon Creamer

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