It is with great sadness that we share with you the devastating news that on Friday 18 November, our beloved founder Tim, Mr Network, passed away.
Tim’s passing was a terrible shock to everyone who knew him but we are committed to continuing his legacy of releasing beloved film and TV classics with the same passion and care that we always have.
Tim had an incredible journey at Network but long before that, at the age of ten, he had a passion for the audio visual technology of the era – tape recorders, record players, cine projectors, you name it! As a child, he was already recording soundtracks of TV episodes, including titles that he would later release on DVD like The Saint and The Persuaders!. An avid collector throughout his life, in 1997 Tim decided to turn his passion into a business and Network began with its first ever release – a VHS of Charley Says, a title we’re still proud to have in the catalogue to this day. Over our 25 year journey with Tim at the helm, we’ve released nearly 5,000 separate titles on DVD, Blu-ray and digital, securing deals with ITV, Fremantle, the BBC and StudioCanal to bring you lovingly-crafted editions of entertainment from the UK and across the world. Without Tim’s dedication to The British Film range and his passion for restoring classic cinema, we’d have lost access to hundreds of British films, and because of Tim’s forward-thinking leadership, we’ve got an exciting future ahead thanks to our recent acquisition of the Rapido library and our deal with Hammer Films to form Hammer Studios Limited.
His legacy is huge and we want to reassure you all that this work will continue. Tim had already started to plan for the next five to ten years, so he will remain a very real presence here on both the outlook of the company and on our releases. We are all heart-broken by his passing but the whole team understood Tim’s dreams for the future of the business. We are committed to delivering that dream, and building upon his legacy for you all.
Together we will take the company forward with his vision, and he’ll be with us on the continuing journey.