BBC Worldwide


Television’s love affair with the People’s Princess

Yearlong activities have taken place to mark the twentieth anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, and the television industry has followed suit with a raft of documentaries and series to signify the landmark event. Kaltrina Bylykbashi reports on the ongoing influence of the late British royal, as her son, Prince Harry, continues to make headlines thanks […]

BBC merges Studios and Worldwide

UK pubcaster the BBC is merging its production arm, BBC Studios, and commercial division BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) into one entity. The BBC claims the move to plump for one commercial brand – BBC Studios – will bring it “into line with the rest of the industry” in an “increasingly competitive and global market for production […]

BBC’s Orphan Black gets Japanese remake

BBC Worldwide has signed a format deal with Telepack to allow for a Japanese remake of science fiction thriller Orphan Black, it was announced at Asia TV Forum & Market. This marks the first time the series will be remade outside of the US and BBC Worldwide (BBCWW)’s first scripted format in Asia. Orphan Black is to […]

BBC considers £500m UKTV/Scripps buyout

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, is considering a £500 million (US$660m) bid to take full control of UKTV, currently a joint venture with Scripps Networks Interactive. BBCWW is talking with advisers about borrowing millions of pounds from private investors to buy Scripps out from its half, according to the Daily Telegraph. The […]

Back Roads bags ex-BBCWW exec for development

Back Roads Entertainment has appointed former BBC Worldwide executive Jonathan Cane as head of development. Cane will report to founder and executive producer Colby Gaines at the US production company. He is set the task of creating and developing original formats targeted at cable, and will oversee a staff of six development staff. Cane most […]

TBI Weekly: the Mouse chases the Fox

It was revealed this week that Fox has been in talks with Disney about selling some of its content assets to the Mouse House. Fox would put most of its entertainment business on the table, including the Hollywood studio, FX and National Geographic, its stake in European satcaster Sky and Indian pay TV business Star. But, why […]

Anti-piracy group unites to combat threat

The Asian branches of companies such as NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures and The Walt Disney Company banded together this week to initiate work against the threat of content piracy. The Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) united at the annual CASBAA conference in Macau yesterday to begin work to address the increasingly complex issues surrounding illegal downloading and […]

Ex-BBCWW chief to explore investments for Edge

Former BBC Worldwide CEO John Smith will explore investment opportunities for UK-based firm Edge. Smith (pictured) will work with Edge Investments chief executive David Glick and his team of managers to unearth and jointly back creative companies. Smith exited the BBC’s commercial arm in October 2012 as Tim Davie stepped up the replace him. He […]

BBCWW backs new Peep Show team indie

BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) has backed a new indie formed by Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, the writers behind Peep Show and Fresh Meat. Various Artists Limited (VAL) will be lead by Bain and Armstrong, who have joined forces with former Channel 4 commissioners Phil Clarke and Roberto Troni on the venture. BBCWW will take a […]

BBCWW moves away from originals strategy

BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) will move away from commissioning originals for its BBC Earth and BBC Brit channels, leaving two commissioners redundant. The channels will newly focus on airing BBCWW distributed series and local formats, as first reported by Deadline. As part of the new strategy, commissioning editors Hannah Demidowicz and Kirsty Hanson will no longer […]

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