Silvergate Media Launches Distribution Arm Geraint Marsh To Head Division

Sep 23, 2013

London, 23 September 2013. Independent entertainment company Silvergate Media is launching its own dedicated television distribution arm which will be helmed by new SVP Global TV Distribution & Consumer Products (Americas & France), Geraint Marsh.

Geraint will be responsible for the global exploitation of rights across television and digital media, and consumer products in the Americas and France for Silvergate’s key brands including Peter Rabbit and Octonauts.

Geraint joins Silvergate with a wealth of international experience in television, publishing and consumer products. Immediately prior to joining the company he was EVP, Television and Consumer Products at France Télévisions Distribution and previously SVP, Television Sales at Chorion, with varied roles in publishing and TV distribution earlier in his career.

Mary Durkan, CEO at Silvergate Media says: “Peter Rabbit and Octonauts continue to resonate with audiences worldwide and we are thrilled to take on the responsibility for their continued expansion into new territories. Geraint has a terrific track record in international sales and he will be a great asset to our growing team as we continue to forge relationships in key global markets.”

Co-produced with Penguin UK and Nickelodeon US, the brand new Peter Rabbit series consists of 50 x 11’ and three half-hour specials. The series has launched in the US, UK, France and Australia, with further country launches taking place in 2013 including Germany later in the year. A half-hour Christmas Special, Peter Rabbit’s Christmas Tale, premiered in December 2012 on Nickelodeon in the US, CBeebies and BBC One in the UK and ABC TV in Australia, drawing excellent audience numbers in all three territories.

Based on the richly imaginative books by award-winning design team, Meomi, Octonauts combines elements of classic team action-adventure with dazzling CGI animation to transport preschoolers into a world they can’t ordinarily visit…the ocean. The show arouses the curiosity and feed the imagination of preschoolers, answering questions in a journey of discovery through the world’s oceans.

Silvergate Media holds worldwide licensing and merchandising rights for the Classic Peter Rabbit and holds all worldwide audiovisual, licensing and merchandising rights for the new CGI Peter Rabbit, excluding the Americas and India which are controlled by Nickelodeon USA. Penguin is supporting the animation with a full publishing programme.
Silvergate Media holds all audiovisual and worldwide licensing and merchandising rights to Octonauts.

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For further information please contact:
Janet Balmforth, DDA Blueprint
Tel: + 44 (0) 208 868 0511 or janet@ddablueprint.com

Notes to Editors:

Silvergate Media:
Silvergate Media is a highly creative TV Production and licensing company driven by big ideas and big collaborations. Formed in 2011, and with offices in New York and London, Silvergate develops world-class brands which inspire, entertain, educate and engage through innovative content, great products and strong partnerships. Among these brands are Peter Rabbit and Octonauts, two highly successful international properties for children.

  • Peter Rabbit:
    The Tale of Peter Rabbit, written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter, was first published by Frederick Warne in 1902. Frederick Warne is an imprint of Penguin.
  • The World of Beatrix Potter™, initiated by Potter herself, is now one of the world’s longest running and largest international literature-based licensing programmes with more than 350 licensees worldwide.
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit has never been out of print since it was first published.

The Octonauts:
The Octonauts are a dynamic eight-member team of quirky and courageous adventure heroes who dive into action whenever there is trouble under the sea. Equipped with a fleet of aquatic vehicles, they rescue amazing sea creatures, explore incredible new underwater worlds, and often save the day before returning safely to their home base, the octopod. Based on the original books by Meomi, Octonauts is animated by Brown Bag Films and continues to go from strength to strength as a unique and exciting global pre-school brand.