Paul Heaney is the founder and CEO of BossaNova, a company that brings together the producers and buyers of unscripted TV in an integrated hub, creating a community that enables all of the stake-holders in the content chain to meet, create and do business. Heaney has a strong track record in helping producers to establish successful factual franchises. Over the last 20 years, as CEO of two previous distribution operations, he has built up a huge network of more than 200 producer relationships. In August 2021, Night Train Media got on board, providing BossaNova with a content fund to invest in projects from an early stage.
Previously Heaney founded factual distribution company TCB Media Rights, which started trading in 2012. Having grown into one of the UK’s most successful independent distributors, TCB was acquired by the Kew Media Group in October 2017.
Prior to launching TCB, Heaney served as president and managing director of Cineflix Rights, which he started in 2002 and also built from a boutique operation into a major distribution force. Heaney’s CV also includes stints at BSkyB, where he served as commercial director, and Southern Star, he worked as head of sales. Prior to entering the television industry, he worked in advertising and media sales for 15 years.
At the Banff Media Festival, we met with Netflix and took a ride up Sulphur Mountain on the gondola. That’s where we made the pitch. - Naveen Prasad, EVP and GM, Elevation Pictures