Tariq joined New Pictures in January 2019 as Commercial Director.
Tariq is responsible for leading New Pictures’ commercial strategy and overseeing the legal and business affairs team. Tariq’s expertise is structuring complex large budget multi-party production finance transactions with a particular focus on US global SVOD and international co-production models.
Prior to joining New Pictures, Tariq served as Senior Vice President for NBCUniversal International Studios responsible for leading on all commercial, legal, business affairs, strategy and financial planning for its scripted production entities (being Working Title TV, Heyday TV (joint venture with David Heyman), Lucky Giant, Carnival Films and Universal Media Studios International) and all first-look and overhead arrangements. He led negotiations for the studios’ global SVOD shows such as HANNA (Amazon Studios) and all local UK programming.
Tariq has also served as Head of Legal & Business Affairs for Kudos Film & Television where he was responsible for leading the company’s commercial legal and business affairs department responsible for shows including TIN STAR (Sky Atlantic/Amazon); HUMANS (Channel 4/AMC); RIVER (BBC/Netflix); THE TUNNEL (Sky Atlantic/Canal+), APPLE TREE YARD (BBC); CAPITAL (BBC) and BROADCHURCH (ITV).
Tariq trained, qualified and practised as a solicitor for over 13 years with city law firm Olswang LLP acting for all the major and mini-major Hollywood studios, US and UK based independent production companies handling all legal work relating to the development, financing, production and distribution of theatrical motion pictures and television series. Tariq started his career at the BBC working for BBC Choice.