Source: Beiboot

Sébastien Raybaud, Tobi de Graaff

UK-based production and financing company Anton is teaming with former BBC Studios executive Tobi de Graaff on Beiboot Representation, a new high-end television development, packaging and financing operation.

The London-based venture is fully backed by Anton, and will focus on European-produced premium content.

Beiboot will be independent and able to partner with any creator, producer, broadcaster, platform or distributor on the development and packaging of its projects.

The agreement was negotiated by Anton’s senior vice president of business development Celia Meirow.

Founded by Sébastien Raybaud in 2011, Anton has co-financed internationally successful features including the Paddington franchise, Non-Stop and Shaun The Sheep Movie.

It currently co-finances an ongoing high-end drama fund with the BBC that includes productions such as McMafia, Les Misérables, Gentlemen Jack and His Dark Materials.

De Graaff has worked in distribution and commissioning for over 20 years, including as director of commissioning and co-production at BBC Studios. There he led the premium content strategy and developed the representation model, with a specific focus on partnering with producers to determine funding strategies and execute global sales plans.

Prior to that, he was the BBC’s executive vice president for western Europe, leading business across TV distribution, production and channels; and was director of global TV distribution for ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

“This partnership is born out of a shared vision of establishing an independent European-based hub to support the immense creativity that exists here,” said Raybaud. “Tobi has earned the trust of both producers and buyers with the proven ability to expertly navigate the two worlds. Our ambition is to back our production partners in generating some of the most exciting new shows to come out of Europe and the UK.”

“Anton’s impressive track record in film and TV, its independence and strong strategic position in Europe makes it the ideal partner,” added de Graaff.