Tim Ellis

Instructor
Tim Ellis

Tim Ellis

Instructor

Biography

Tim began negotiating in 1980, commissioning drama productions for SABC television. He entered the international television rights buying arena when he joined the fledgling station BOP TV as head of programming. It was the success of this station and subsequently that of the SABC’s TV4 which led to him being credited by critics and public alike for changing the face of television in South Africa, winning a Star Tonight! TV Award in 1986.

It was in that year that M-Net Television launched with Tim as head of programmes and from this tentative beginning African broadcasting giant DSTV grew into what it is today. When M-Net bought FilmNet and entered Europe, Tim discovered that he could leverage the buying power of the two companies to make great deals and so ProNet was born, based in the Netherlands. ProNet was able to extend the rights acquired by M-Net across the continent of Africa and at its peak was licensing television content for Scandinavia, Benelux, Greece, Italy and all of Africa. During this era, programme deals became intensely competitive and Tim and his team honed their negotiation skills to perfection.

When FilmNet was sold to Canal Plus, Tim became a media consultant as he wished to remain in the European arena. He continues in that role to this day, having explored the internet and subsequently social media as these platforms evolved into their current status.
Tim’s past clients include Gartner, Naspers, Vubiquity, Mindport, Open TV, MediaZone, and Gateway Communications.

He has degrees in Law and Psychology from South African Universities and splits his time between the UK and South Africa.