TV sales vet Philip Jones dies

Exec was managing director of CTE

LONDON — Philip Jones, a fixture at the Mip and Mipcom sales marts and doyenne of international distribution, has died aged 65.

Jones, whose lengthy TV career included a spell working for Lew Grade, passed away peacefully in his sleep Saturday.

The veteran salesman, famous for his instinctive flamboyance and fondness for the good things in life, helped pioneer international distribution in the U.K.

His working life spanned BBC Enterprises, Yorkshire Television, the William Morris Agency, ITC Entertainment and Central Television Enterprises, where he was managing director.

A decade ago he left CTE, where he had spent 17 years, to set up his own consultancy.

Thanks to Jones’ huge energy and enormous charm, Central’s distribution arm was credited as being among the best on the international scene.

In its heyday, CTE was synonymous with long lunches, ever longer dinners, fine wines, cigars and innumerable program sales.

Jones had joined Central Television as director of sales in 1982. Five years later he became managing director of the newly launched CTE.

Previously he was director of sales at ITC, Lew Grade’s production and distribution outfit.

Just over a week ago Jones, immaculately attired as usual, was seen at a lunch hosted in London by the Royal Television Society, where the guest speaker was British thesp Michael Palin.

Jones is survived by his wife Sue, daughter Katie and son Matthew.

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