Former Endemol Shine Executive Launches Backstory

Thomas Ferguson’s new agency, Backstory, will focus on licensing and more.
License Global

July 23, 2020


Thomas Ferguson, former vice president, licensing partnerships, Endemol Shine North America is launching a new multi-disciplinary firm called Backstory.

At Backstory, Ferguson will build strategic brand and client programs through licensing deals and other consumer-reaching activations. One of Ferguson's first clients is his former employer Endemol Shine, where he was retained to build strategy for the 2020 “MasterChef” Junior Tour.  He has also been tapped by Little Cinema to consult on their licensing business and monetization of their award-winning immersive experiences. 

In his role at Endemol Shine North America, Ferguson was the business and creative lead for first-of-their-kind revenue channels including the “MasterChef” Cruise, EatWith “MasterChef,” Cooking With “MasterChef and the MasterChef” Junior Live tour.

"The Backstory mission is simple – marry creativity with revenue-generating strategy,” says Ferguson.  “Striking that balance is harder than ever before and I'm excited to help

clients explore and execute ways to meaningfully grow their brands and businesses."

Ferguson was named one of the

"40 under 40"

by License Global Magazine in 2019 and most recently, two of his projects - the “Black Mirror”: Nosedive board game and the cookbook "MasterChef Junior Bakes!" – have been nominated for Licensing International Awards.


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