Andrew Baker is one of the UK’s leading media advisers, having worked with some of the most innovative and influential television producers in the UK over the last 10+ years, and was the founder of Rights TV – the UK’s largest and most well respected Business Affairs consultancy.
Andrew currently consults for a number of key clients including New York Law Firm SmithDehn, and advises on a wide range of commercial, corporate and strategic issues for TV, Film, and interactive media.
Having worked with over 300 production companies, rights owners and agencies Andrew has advised on an eclectic range of projects from negotiating sponsorship and broadcast deals for the BAFTA Award Ceremonies (Client: BAFTA) to the online interface for aspiring Guinness World Record holders (Client: Guinness World Records).
His experience spans all genres of TV production and exploitation including Drama, Scripted Comedy, Docu-Drama, Documentary, Specialist Factual, Entertainment, Talent and Kids, and he has extensive experience of rights licensing and exploitation.
Andrew started his career in TV when he joined Granada Television in Manchester where he was responsible for Legal and Business Affairs for Granada Lifestyle – including This Morning, Tricia, Better Homes and the Granada digital channels including Shop!, Breeze, MUTV and Men&Motors (!), as well as Granada Kids – including Children’s Ward and the Sooty Show (Claim to Fame: Andrew was Sooty’s lawyer – ‘Don’t Mess with the Bear’).
Following the merger with Yorkshire Television, Andrew moved to Leeds where he became Head of Business Affairs for Cosgrove Hall Films (home of Danger Mouse) and the newly enlarged Granada Kids.
During his time at Granada Kids, Andrew was responsible for business affairs on a number of award winning programmes including BAFTA and International Emmy award winning drama “The Illustrated Mum”, RTS winner “Girls In Love” and the (twice) RTS winning, BANFF International Festival 2001 award and BAFTA nominated comedy drama “My Parents Are Aliens” as well as numerous other BAFTA and RTS nominated series. Andrew was also responsible for legal and business affairs for the first ITV ad funded awards programme in prime-time – “Game Stars” and for the Granada web-based joint venture, Swapit Shop.
In 2003 Andrew was seconded to Granada USA, based in Los Angeles, where he was Senior Vice President Legal and Business Affairs, and responsible for all Granada USA’s output, including acting on behalf of the BBC in securing format deals with US broadcasters for The Royle Family and Cutting It, and dealing with all Granada productions in the USA. In 2004 Andrew returned to the UK to take up a position at ITV Network business affairs, where he was responsible for all commissions for daytime, CiTV, interactive, news and current affairs and night-time, as well as all commissions for ITV2 and the launch of ITV3 and ITV4.
Andrew left ITV to set up his own consultancy, Rights TV in 2004. At Rights TV Andrew worked with a wide range of independent producers and media companies including Screen Yorkshire, Darlow Smithson, Pioneer Productions, BAFTA, Guinness World Records, Wide Eyed Entertainment, Acorn Media, Chambers Management, Karushi Management, Shine, Carbon Media, ITV Global, Zodiac Media, Mackinnon & Saunders, Hoho Entertainment, Caryn Mandabach Productions and many more. In 2011, Andrew sold Rights TV to Compact Media Group, backed by Lyceum Capital and continued to run the company until 2013.
In 2014 Andrew co-founded Kidscave Entertainment, to develop and produce kids animation and in 2016 started production on the company’s first commission, a 40 x 30′ cgi animated series entitled ‘Robozuna’ which premiered in the UK in 2018.
‘Robozuna’ was co-commissioned as a Netflix Original and CITV series, with ITV Global Entertainment as the worldwide sales and licensing agent and has secured a master toy licence with Bandai for the UK and a deal with HSK in China.
In 2018 Andrew sold his stake in Kidscave and is now working on a number of projects in both TV and film across kids and documentary programmes.
Andrew is a qualified non practicing Solicitor and has an Honours Degree (LLB) in Law from Durham University (Hatfield College). Andrew has been appointed as a non executive director for several companies, providing general commercial and strategic advice as well as day-to-day business affairs advice.
Andrew is married with 2 daughters and lives in Eastbourne.