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BBC Studios’ Asia chief steps down

BBC Studios’ exec VP of Asia David Weiland (pictured) is stepping down from his position to take on a new globally-facing role focused on the company’s working culture. Weiland is returning to the UK to take up the newly created position of exec VP of engagement for BBC Studios, having spent five years overseeing operations […]

Show of the week: ‘One Planet: Seven Worlds’

Set to air in the autumn, One Planet: Seven Worlds is billed as the latest landmark series from the BBC’s Natural History Unit, following in the wake of Blue Planet II, Planet Earth II and Dynasties. Sir David Attenborough returns to narrate the series, which tells the stories of Earth’s seven continents. As such, expect […]

Netflix hires BBC Studios’ Lee-Joe as chief marketing officer

Netflix has hired BBC Studios’ Jackie Lee-Joe as its chief marketing officer. The Australian exec, who has served as CMO for BBC Studios since 2015, will take over from Kelly Bennett, who is retiring this year after seven years with the streaming giant. The London-based exec, who has been appointed after a four-month search by […]

UK regulator Ofcom admits “transparency issues” over BBC Studios

UK media regulator Ofcom has said the commercial arm of the BBC has “transparency issues” regarding the diversity of those producing its shows and the amount its on-screen talent is paid. BBC Studios merged its production arm into its commercial division last year and now produces programming for both its public broadcaster parent as well […]

BBC Studios invests in Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi

BBC Studios, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster, has become the latest company to invest in Quibi, the forthcoming short-form service from former Dreamworks exec Jeffrey Katzenberg. Quibi, which is being designed primarily for mobile users and is headed up by CEO Meg Whitman, ordered factual series Fierce Queens (pictured) from BBCS last […]

UK’s BBC explores dementia as part of science-skewing slate

The BBC has ordered a raft of science-focused programming for linear networks BBC2 and BBC4 as well as online channel BBC3, including a show about dementia. Living With Dementia (2 x 60 minutes, working title) is being filmed over two years and will explore the lives of six people living with dementia and the complexities […]

Canal+, BBC2, PBS shoot for the Moon and Back

BBC2 in the UK, PBS in the US and French pay operator Canal+ are preparing to air a documentary to mark the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing. 8 Days: To The Moon And Back (1 x 90 minutes) is being co-produced by BBC Studios’ Science Unit, PBS and The Open University, in association […]

Exclusive: BBC Studios reveals impact of Discovery deal on catch-up rights

BBC Studios has revealed it will still be able to offer first window catch-up rights to its blue chip natural history programming despite its recent $400m SVOD deal with Discovery. The 10-year content deal with Discovery, revealed in April, is effective in all territories outside the UK, Ireland and Greater China, and makes Discovery the […]

China Mobile’s Migu orders tea series from BBC Studios

BBC Studios (BBCS) has secured its first fully-funded production commission in China after striking a deal for a “landmark factual series” about tea from China Mobile’s OTT service Migu. One Cup, A Thousand Stories (6 x 50 minutes) will explore the roots and history of tea, exploring its impact on the country and other civilisations […]

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