About Silverlining

Bristol based Silverlining, has a ten year heritage of working with many of the UK’s best producers to get factual content funded, produced and distributed. We are proud to be a true independent and support local businesses.  Each year, we donate a profit share to a hand-selected charity.

Silverlining was set up by Bethan Corney in March 2012, in response to a growing need from producers for help with finding funding to get their documentary ideas into production. Since then, we’ve raised more than £20 million in production finance with our innovative approach to winning full commissions and brokering co-productions and pre-sales.

In 2015, a chance meeting with old school friend, Samantha Sintes, led to an extension of our services with the launch of a boutique sales arm – growing a team of dedicated and experienced sales execs and associates to broker sales of ready-made content on behalf of our clients. Today, Silverlining regularly works with more than 100 channel partners around the world and boasts a carefully curated programme catalogue of 1,500 hours.

Programme Funding

We offer a specialist and innovative finance brokering service, tailored to producer needs. No two ideas are the same and nor is our approach to raising production finance.  We hand-hold you through the intricate funding process with a creative and commercial plan that is bespoke for your project.

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Programme Sales

We distribute non-scripted programming on behalf of producers and boast a slate of 1,500 hours. If you are a producer, we will put care into finding the right homes for your content and guide you through the complex rights exploitation and distribution process.

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Meet the Team

About

Bethan Corney

MD, HEAD OF ORIGINALS AND FUNDING BROKER

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Bethan Corney

MD, HEAD OF ORIGINALS AND FUNDING BROKER

Bethan has been brokering international co-productions for over 20 years and has raised more than £20 million in finance for factual programming. As part of Tigress’s Senior Exec team (2009-2012) she created strategic partnerships with US nets, and as a former Factual Commissioning Editor at C5 (2001-2009), she oversaw the wildlife and factual acquisitions strategy delivering top rating shows like Ice Road Truckers, Nature Shock and The Lion Cub from Harrods. Prior to C5, Bethan was a P/D at RDF, producing science formats including Scrapheap Challenge and Six Experiments that Changed the World. She went to Watford Grammar School for Girls with Samantha Sintes.

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Samantha Sintes

GLOBAL CONTENT SALES EXEC

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Samantha Sintes

GLOBAL CONTENT SALES EXEC

Samantha began her career as a runner for Granada Television and went on to become researcher, and producer across a wide range of factual entertainment and light entertainment programming for broadcasters including the BBC, ITV, Discovery and C4 working for a variety of production companies across the UK, including Endemol, Hat Trick, Freemantle, Princess Productions, BBC and Disney. Samantha joined Silverlining in 2014 and found the world of distribution a perfect marriage for her creative and commercial skills. She is passionate about the content she sells and has built up strong relationships with buyers across the world. Samantha went to Watford Girls with Bethan.

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Giuliana Alberti

SALES ASSOCIATE: ASIA, LATAM, MIDDLE EAST

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Giuliana Alberti

SALES ASSOCIATE: ASIA, LATAM, MIDDLE EAST

Giuliana has a deep passion for sales. She began her career in the marketing department and then television advertising sales at TV Azteca, the second largest broadcaster in Mexico, eventually moving into distribution heading up the pay tv sales team at a national level and later the sales team in Latin America for scripted content. Now living in Italy, Giuliana looks after sales of all Silverlining content in Latin America, Asia and the Middle East.

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Esther Agraso

SALES ASSOCIATE: SPAIN & PORTUGAL

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Esther Agraso

SALES ASSOCIATE: SPAIN & PORTUGAL

With more than 20 years of experience in the media sector, Esther Agraso began her career in entertainment formats and current affairs working for companies such as La Competencia, Boomerang TV, Mandarina and Secuoya. Her role later developed to the distribution of audiovisual content. More recently, Esther worked at The Mediapro Studio, where she was responsible for sales and financing for the group's international co-productions. She is currently collaborating with the production company Plano a Plano in the International Department and is delighted to represent Silverlining content in Spain and Portugal.

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Alessia Ratzenberger

ITALIAN SPEAKING EUROPE

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Alessia Ratzenberger

ITALIAN SPEAKING EUROPE

Alessia heads up Rome based audio-visual company ADR, one of the top content suppliers for TV broadcasters and OTT platforms in Italy and Italian speaking territories for over 40 years. Alessia works across all content genres with experience in scripted and factual programs, films, fiction, tv series and documentaries and boasts a wide network of contacts. ADR is also a main co-production partner in Italy, working with producers to source gap financing for films and factual. Alessia and ADR have been working with Silverlining for over 5 years, bringing their expertise to the distribution of Silverlining content in Italy.

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Jamie Martin

Inflight Sales Exec

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Jamie Martin

Inflight Sales Exec

Jamie Martin has nearly 20 years’ experience in the inflight industry. During that time he has worked directly with many of the major airlines, brokering the sale of content to British Airways, Lufthansa, Emirates, Singapore Airlines and Qatar Airways. Previously he was in charge of TV strategy and acquisitions for Spafax Airline Network. Jamie has also worked in the UK broadcast market buying for Living TV and in the international distribution market with Minotaur International. Jamie is responsible for all inflight sales of Silverlining content.

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Fiona Chambers

BUSINESS AFFAIRS EXECUTIVE

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Fiona Chambers

BUSINESS AFFAIRS EXECUTIVE

Fiona is a legal and business affairs consultant specialising in the acquisition, distribution and exploitation of TV content and formats for the UK and internationally. After qualifying as a solicitor, she became legal counsel for Chorion and then Senior Solicitor at RDF/ Zodiak Rights (now Banijay Rights) where she advised on all aspects of global TV and format distribution legal and business affairs for both kids and factual brands and programming. In 2015 Fiona set up her business affairs consultancy and has since worked with Silverlining to assist in all legal and business affairs matters.

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Kate Potter

BROADCAST INSIGHT ANALYST

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Kate Potter

BROADCAST INSIGHT ANALYST

Kate has been providing research and insight services to international distributor/producer businesses for 14 years. Working at the commercial core of sales teams at companies such as Zodiak-Banijay , Cineflix and All3 Media, she delivered actionable research insights to help drive programme sales and acquisitions. Kate has also held a variety of strategic planning roles at MTV International Networks, Sky (Film channels and Sky Arts) and consultancies at A&E Networks (The History Channel and Crime & Investigation). Kate works closely with Silverlining providing invaluable research and insight services across a range of briefs.

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Iwona Goncalves

FINANCE DIRECTOR

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Iwona Goncalves

FINANCE DIRECTOR

Iwona has a CIMA Advance Diploma in Management Accounting and 10 years of experience as a production accountant in the TV industry, working on projects for major UK and worldwide broadcasters. Iwona enjoys long walks on the beach and good food.

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Emma Troue

PROGRAMME DELIVERIES

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Emma Troue

PROGRAMME DELIVERIES

Emma Troue is a post producer at Films@59 in Bristol and responsible for the smooth delivery and management of Silverlining content. Emma moved from Ireland to Bristol to study with the intention of working in television. She started her career in TV by working as a sound assistant on a number of high profile dramas. Her passion has always been to work in post production and she joined Films@59 in 2009, starting as a runner and then in other roles such as data assistant, workflow supervisor, offline scheduler, and manager of the Media Management Team.

"Silverlining offers such a well curated group of titles, I know each one will be well worth my time as a buyer. The team itself is very professional and easy to work with."

Nelsa Gidney, Programme Executive, APT

"Working with Bethan, Sam and their team has been a refreshing experience. They are seasoned, smart, well connected and intelligent operators, combining strong editorial instinct with commercial acumen and ability as well as brilliant global connections. In the crowded and confusing world of distribution they stand out as amongst the very best."

Jonathan Levi, MD, Content Kings

"The team at Silverlining are incredibly hardworking and enjoyable to work with. They communicate with you as a partner to help create a package that maximizes the potential for each title."

Alex Coffey, COO, Spun Gold

"It is always a pleasure to run through your catalogue. The range of titles is impressive and well displayed. You work very closely with us and understand our acquisition needs. You understand our workflow and show patience when necessary. Screener links, rough cuts, additional info – it just takes an email and there it is."

Shannon O’Rourke, N24 / WELT

"TVNZ have a trusted and longstanding relationship with Silverlining whose client-led approach consistently provide us with high quality programmes that resonate strongly with our audiences."

John Kelly, General Manager Channels Programming, TVNZ

"Bethan is a class act on the co-production scene. She has a huge reputation as an international deal-maker. She brings to the table all the broadcasters, producers and distributors you need to be talking to. Her infectious enthusiasm and tenacity are legendary - as is her sense of fun. She will always go the extra mile to make a deal happen."

Steve Humphries, MD, Testimony Films

"Silverlining are a great team to work with, bringing a knowledge and understanding of the international marketplace that’s second to none. They’ve consistently secured valuable pre-sales and distribution sales across a variety of our projects raising both the value and profile of the shows."

Claire Featherstone, COO, HiddenLight Productions

"Silverlining have always been a great source of blue chip factual content for SBS and their keen eye for quality and the calibre of producers they work with invokes confidence in us that we are getting world class content. Plus they are all fabulous women."

Kaye Warren, Acquisitions Manager, SBS Australia

"As a buyer you always want to be on top of things. Be informed, not just on what’s out there, but also on what’s coming. Silverlining exactly does that. And once we find something we like, it’s a smooth operation to work with them!"

Nathalie Windhorst, Head of Factual Acquisitions, VPRO

"We have had a very positive experience with Silverlining on The Disappearance of MH37, where we needed to act quickly for different slots. It was great to see how reliable Silverlining was in delivering materials throughout the weekend."

Kristina Hollstein, Director of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, ZDFe

"Silverlining really "get" our programmes and offer strong commercial and editorial support - their international contacts are outstanding."

Chris Shaw, Editorial Director, ITN Productions.

"Working with Silverlining is a pleasure. Bethan and Sam are reliable, efficient and, importantly, good at capturing and communicating what lies at heart in a piece of content, even if it is a pre-sale at an early stage."

Troels Brandth Pederson, Factual Acquisitions and Co-Productions, TV2 Denmark

"It's a joy to work with Silverlining because every sale is discussed before it's confirmed and it feels like a genuine partnership."

Mark Fielder, MD, Quickfire Media

"Yeti have worked with Silverlining on a number of projects – from deficit funding right through to international distribution – and have enjoyed every minute. The team are tenacious, focussed, full of energy and always deliver above and beyond expectations. Their market knowledge and connections are second to none and we look forward to closely collaborating on many future projects."

Sian Price, Creative Director, Yeti Television

"Nepal Quake: Terror on Everest, was an ambitious doc filmed on four continents and delivered in less than one month. Rapid reaction times were critical and Silverlining are one of the best in the business at speedily connecting us with decision makers in channels around the world, enabling us to get straight into production for Smithsonian."

Emma Read, MD, Emporium Productions

"Silverlining is a company of several very tenacious octopi. They have tentacles that seem to stretch everywhere and they don't let go until they have ensnared everything that moves!"

Dan Chambers, Joint MD, Blink Films

"Silverlining have looked after our catalogue for seven years. They are honest, work hard for our titles, are a pleasure to deal with. I think they offer the best deal in town. But above all they are wonderful people. If you’re thinking of using them, I’d encourage you to do just that."

Jonathan Stadlen, Creative Director, Knickerbockerglory TV

"I turned to Bethan and Silverlining when we needed some help with co-funding for The Burrowers for BBC2. This was always going to be tricky to find a partner to fund domestic natural history, but Bethan thought laterally and found us a great partner in S4C."

Edwina Silver, Former Head of Specialist, Dragonfly

"Silverlining have amassed a catalogue of top class factual (from some of the UK’s best producers). Fast, professional and passionate about the shows they sell… Silverlining are among the best in the business."

James White, NINE Network Acquisitions

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