BBC Studios Productions

BBC Studios Productions hires Vice Media Group’s Kate Ward to lead factual

BBC Studios (BBCS) Productions has hired Vice Media Group’s Kate Ward as MD of its factual operations. Ward, who has been president of Vice’s global studios operation since 2019 and has led Pulse Films since its founders’ exits earlier this year, will oversee all BBCS’s factual production units and partnerships, with responsibility across strategy, pipeline and production […]

BBCS Productions extends production training accelerator

BBC Studios Productions in the UK is extending its Assistant Producer Accelerator Programme this year by offering training to a further 15 researchers. Following its inaugural programme in 2021, the company will offer one-year contracts to entrants seeking to supercharge their careers and provide them with the knowledge, skills and experience they need to become […]

BBCS names Jonny Keeling to replace Julian Hector as head of NHU

BBC Studios (BBCS) Productions has appointed Jonny Keeling as the next head of its renowned Natural History Unit (NHU). Keeling replaces Julian Hector, who revealed in April he would be stepping down, and will be responsible for all of the NHU’s creative and commercial activity. He reports into Tom McDonald, BBCS’s MD of factual. He […]

BBC fulfils factual & arts pledge with slew of commissions

UK pubcaster the BBC has ordered a slew of new programming through its recently created Factual, Arts and Classical Music “commissioning powerhouse”. The division, led by Patrick Holland, has unveiled several upcoming box-set series, delivering on its pledge to double investment in arts and music content on its BBC Two channel over the next two […]

BBC Studios Productions appoints Newen’s Martha Brass as COO

BBC Studios (BBCS) Productions has appointed Martha Brass from France’s Newen Group as its chief operating officer. Brass reports into Ralph Lee, CEO at BBCS Productions, and will have oversight of commercial and business development activities. She will also be accountable for business operations and production across all office belonging to BBCS Productions, which is currently […]

BBC Studios strikes pact with ‘Inbetweeners’ star’s new prodco

BBC Studios (BBCS) has struck a development, production and distribution deal with comedy duo Simon Bird and Jonny Sweet. The UK pubcaster’s commercial arm will take global rights on all new scripted television programmes co-developed, co-produced and commissioned from BBC Studios Productions and People Person Pictures, Bird and Sweet’s recently launched prodco. Bird is known for […]

Amazon Studios & BBCS summon ‘Good Omens’ for second season

Amazon Studios and BBC Studios have greenlit a second season of fantasy drama Good Omens, which will expand upon the world introduced in Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s original novel. Produced by Amazon Studios, BBC Studios Productions, The Blank Corporation and Narrativia, the six-part second season is due to begin filming later this year in […]

BBCS Productions hires 8Hours TV founder Ramage Rooney for fact ent

BBC Studios (BBCS) Productions has appointed 8Hours TV founder Adeline Ramage Rooney as creative director for its factual entertainment & events arm in Scotland. Ramage Rooney will be based in Glasgow and work across the fact ent team’s output, which includes shows such as Top Gear, Countryfile and Dragons’ Den, as well as event TV such […]

BBC Studios adds Sky commissioner to head comedy

UK-based BBC Studios Productions has appointed a commissioning editor from pay TV operator Sky as its head of comedy. Josh Cole (pictured) will be responsible for leading the BBC Studios Comedy team and overseeing its slate across TV, radio and online. Shows under his purview include This Country, Famalam and Inside No.9. He will also […]

BBC Studios makes key entertainment hire

BBC Studios Productions has hired Lisa McCormack as director of production for its Entertainment & Music division, which makes shows including Strictly Come Dancing, Later… with Jools Holland, Eurovision and Glastonbury. McCormack joins from Whizz Kid Entertainment, where she was also head of production working on titles including Ex on the Beach, Lip Sync Battle […]