Tim Richards
London, UK

Tim is an acknowledged world expert on digital media operations and business practices. He is a flexible and effective manager, with a history of delivering results on time and on budget, and has a flair for negotiating complex relationships which maximise value delivery and cost effectiveness.

A technologist with more than 30 years’ global media experience, he has launched and run media businesses all over the world, in markets as diverse as Saudi Arabia, Poland, Japan, India and South America. Tim understands the complex workflows, systems, technologies and practices required to run today’s ever more complicated media businesses, and has worked to restructure the business operations of several Ravensbeck clients, helping them to achieve dramatic improvements in cost-effectiveness while increasing their focus on competing successfully in diverse multi-media environments. Tim has demonstrated hands-on expertise in managing clients’ transitions to digital workflows, establishing more efficient multi-language content localisation (dubbing & subtitling) processes, and migrating from single to multi-channel working practices.

In January 2015 Tim was appointed Chairman, IBC (www.ibc.org) the world’s largest trade forum for the exhibition, discussion and development of media. IBC unites the technologies and business models powering the creation, management and delivery of all forms of digital media content to consumers in a world where content is everywhere. IBC sits at the forefront of all the recent major changes in the industry from OTT delivery, mobile TV and Cloud production to the economics of Ultra HD, digital cinema innovation and the rise of social television.

Tim is also Chairman, Clusters (www.clusters.uk.com) a quantitative analysis and research business whose focus is on helping clients grow by targeting their resources more effectively.

From 2005 to 2007, Tim was COO of Sparrowhawk Media, which employed more than 200 people in 8 cities around the world. He was responsible for all business operations, systems and processes, logistics, technology, IT, European programming, business development initiatives, HR, foreign language dubbing and broadcasting operations.

Between 1995 and 2005, Tim worked for Walt Disney Television International, latterly as Executive Vice President, Operations. He sat on the boards of a number of Disney’s international media investments (e.g. HBO CE & Cinenova) and was Chairman of Disney’s Global Media Technology Board. As Head of Broadcasting for QVC, Tim was instrumental in establishing home shopping in the UK in 1993. Tim began his career as an independent producer and has worked extensively in the TV News business.