Tony Leadman to head international distribution for the Weather Channel television network
Allen Media Group’s Weather Channel has named Tony Leadman executive director of international distribution. In this new role, he is responsible for developing and leading a business unit that will distribute The Weather Channel’s original programming, such as Frozen gold, uncharted adventure and Earth Unlocked — to broadcasters and content platforms around the world.
“Tony Leadman is highly accomplished and respected in the international broadcast industry,” said Byron Allen, Founder/Chairman/CEO of Allen Media Group. “With his extensive background in media, sales and marketing, we are confident that Tony will help us achieve our international programming initiatives and goals.”
Prior to joining The Weather Group, Leadman was the architect of the international program distribution businesses of CTV and Bell Media. He was responsible for numerous international co-productions, commissions and licensing agreements ensuring millions in annual revenue.
Prior to his stint at CTV and Bell Media, Leadman was the Canadian executive director of MGM Studios’ television division. During his tenure at MGM Studios, he managed the distribution business and secured Canadian financing for the popular Stargate SG-1 series as well as Fighting spirit.
Leadman said: “The ownership and management of Weather Group is made up of extremely talented and committed people. I am absolutely delighted to be part of this team and to lead our international plans. We intend to form partnerships and supply agreements with major global broadcasters and producers. It’s exciting to join a progressive team as The Weather Channel continues to innovate and adapt its prime time programming.