President, Boat Rocker Studios, Kids & Family and Rights
Boat Rocker Media
Following Temple Street’s publicized expansion in production, distribution operations, and strategic acquisitions under the re-branded name of Boat Rocker Media, Jon Rutherford joined the company to build the distribution division globally across all platforms and genres. A veteran in the media industry, Jon oversees the newly formed global sales and acquisitions operation, Boat Rocker Rights, in addition to supporting the company’s strategic growth in ancillary and brand revenues across multiple platforms. Over his 20-year career, Jon has established an excellent reputation for cultivating strong international alliances with leading broadcast networks and services around the world.
Prior to joining Boat Rocker, Jon was the executive vice-president of distribution & business development at Tricon Films & Television, growing its catalogue to over 3,500 hours of high quality content in genres such as scripted drama & comedy, factual & lifestyle, documentary, and kids & family. While overseeing Tricon’s business development, Jon supervised the growth of Tricon’s kids & family division, established new broadcast partnerships in unscripted production, and formed the company’s expansion into broadcast channel distribution. This included Tricon’s exclusive output agreement with AMC Networks to represent all of IFC’s original scripted series, including Will Ferrell’s The Spoils of Babylon and Maron, as well as distribute AMC Studios’ original dramatic mini-series, The Divide. Jon was also responsible for the international launch of Participant Media's US cable channel, PIVOT, and served as an executive producer on such Tricon distributed series as Syfy’s Sanctuary, and HBO Canada’s Sensitive Skin, starring Kim Cattrall.
Prior to joining Tricon, Jon was head of distribution at Portfolio Entertainment, where he strategically sold and marketed their catalogue of popular children’s and family entertainment, including the launch of their flagship pre-school PBS series, Dr. Seuss’ The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That! Prior to Portfolio, Jon was operations supervisor at Technicolor Creative Services, and worked on such premium feature films and television series as X-Men, Fight Club, Chicago, Degrassi: The Next Generation, and Anne of Green Gables.