Tim Beddows, Managing Director of the UK-based Community Distributing Restricted, has died. He was 59.
Beddows died on Friday, November 18. Community Distributing confirmed the information to Deadline in a press release, describing Beddows’s demise as a “horrible shock to everybody who knew him each personally and professionally.”
“The Community group are devastated however dedicated to persevering with his legacy and constructing upon Community’s place of power as a pacesetter within the UK residence leisure market,” the assertion learn.
Beddows based Community in 1997. The UK-based firm now acts as an unbiased UK publishing, distribution, manufacturing, and leisure group.
The corporate is most recognized for its work restoration work. Among the firm’s largest re-releases embrace The Sweeney, The Professionals, The Girl in Black, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, The Prisoner, and Gerry Anderson’s Supermarionation library.
In 2021, Community acquired plenty of libraries, together with Rapido TV, the Danziger movie and TV catalog, and the Hammer Movies firm. A brand new firm, Hammer Studios, was established to handle Hammer’s pursuits throughout its library of content material, together with The Girl in Black (2012), Let Me In (2010), Dracula (1958), The Abominable Snowman (1957), and The Quatermass Experiment (1953).
The corporate has additionally set a brand new Physician Jekyll movie starring Eddie Izzard, which is now in post-production.
Jonathan Lack, Director at Community, stated: “For the previous 4 years, I’ve had the distinction of operating the corporate alongside Tim, as we positioned Community because the sturdy market chief it’s at this time. We’re all devastated by his passing however the entire Community group understood Tim’s goals for the way forward for the enterprise and we’re dedicated to delivering that dream, and constructing upon his legacy for our stakeholders and prospects.”
Steve Rogers, Head of Product Growth and Analysis at Community, added: “His legacy is large and this work will proceed. All the time forward-thinking, Tim had began to plan for the subsequent 5 to 10 years, so he’ll stay a really actual presence at Community in each its outlook and content material output. Collectively we’ll take the corporate ahead together with his imaginative and prescient, and he’ll be with us on the persevering with journey.”