David Johnson Tapped for CEO Slot at Compact Media

David Johnson CEO Compact Media

Compact Media Group, aiming to grow its work in secondary TV and film rights, has announced the appointment David Johnson as its chief executive officer.

The exec, who replaces John O’Sullivan, had joined Compact in 2012 as chief operating officer. He had worked previously in exec posts for for BBC and ITV, during which he worked on the mergers with United and Carlton becoming commercial and operations director of all of ITV’s international businesses.

London-based Compact, established in 1996, launched in L.A. in 2008 to give companies a means to collect royalties for U.S. producers arising from foreign telecasts and other exploitation of copyrighted material. Since a 2010 investment from Lyceum Capital MBO, it’s gone from 300 clients to nearly 700.

Johnson told Variety that about a third of the clients are U.S.-based.

The company also operates Rights.TV, acquired in 2011, as a business affairs consultancy to the UK creative industries. Compact also has a content and business development funding consultancy, aimed at working with producers to attract funding; and content aggregation service that advises producers on digital distribution opportunities access to place contracts with digital channels and new digital players, such as Netflix, YouTube and Amazon.

But its core business remains collections in the market for secondary rights — an overall market it estimates at $500 million per year in royalties from private copy, public performance, educational copying, cable and satellite retransmission.

Compact, which describes itself as the leading player in this specialized market, is  currently handling $30 million to $40 million in royalties each quarter.

“These rights are more important than ever as companies’ budgets get tighter,” Johnson said.


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  1. Compact Collection is a highly valued partner within our company. Their customer service is uniquely diligent. We look forward to a continual fruitful relationship.

  2. Marvin Burley says:

    Compact has made a significant impact on our revenues with identifying and collecting secondary international royalties. They have great customer care. In addition, Compact is extremely efficient with reporting and remittances. We look forward to expanding our relationship.

  3. Britt says:

    I am very pleased by the income Compact consistently reports and am looking forward to receiving the next statement in the coming weeks! They have a great team.

  4. Michael Wickstrom says:

    Can’t say enough good things about Compact Collections. They really have assisted Voltage Pictures in maximizing the secondary royalty collection and I am quite pleased with their client manager and reporting as well.

  5. Larry Gershman says:

    Since Compact took over the management of our royalty collections there has been an immediate increase in our receivables. Their continued attention to our business is outstanding and I am pleased to continue our relationship with David Johnson.

  6. Ariane Smith says:

    I appointed Compact earlier this year to manage my secondary audio-visual royalties and delighted to learn they are expanding into other services spear headed by their new CEO. Thank you Compact!

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