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BBC3 ploughs extra investment into factual entertainment

BBC3 has announced the first two commissions to benefit from a recent boost in funding for the channel’s original output. They are BBC Studios’ Couples On The Couch and  Wall to Wall’s Glow Up. BBC3 controller Damian Kavanagh (pictured), said: “When we announced that we were extending the focus of our commissioning on BBC Three, […]

BBC faces ‘significant risks’ due to changing audience behaviour

The BBC faces “significant risks” to future performance due to changing audience behaviour, according to a House of Commons select committee. The Public Accounts Committee report flagged risks relating to people spending less time watching TV channels and DVDs, and spending more time watching subscription VOD services from commercial competitors like Netflix and Amazon. The […]

BBC Studios takes 100% control of Lookout Point

BBC Studios has increased its stake in indie scripted studio Lookout Point to 100%, in line with an option agreed in 2016. Following completion, Lookout Point will continue to be led by joint CEOs, Simon Vaughan and Faith Penhale, and will operate independently. Tim Davie, CEO, BBC Studios, said: “Increasing our investment enables us to […]

Denmark’s DR1 picks up BBC Studios’ Meet The Humans

BBC Studios has licensed the format for Meet The Humans to Danish public service channel DR1. The six-episode series will be produced by Mastiff and is currently in production for an Autumn TX. Meet the Humans was originally commissioned for the global BBC Earth channel and presented by Michael Mosley (Trust Me I’m A Doctor). It puts humans […]

Wonderhood builds unscripted team with BBC’s Anstiss leading

Wonderhood Studios, the business created by ex-Channel 4 chief David Abraham, is set to establish its content studios with the appointment of a production and development team in unscripted programming, led by BBC Studios’ Samantha Antstiss. Anstiss (pictured) will join the company, launched in April, in October as a co-founder and creative director for unscripted. […]

Doctor Foster gets French treatment in TF1 remake

BBC Studios has sold the Doctor Foster format to TF1 for a French remake, turning it into the first scripted production for BBC Studios in the region. The BBC’s French production base will co-produce the 6×52 minute series for TF1 with Storia Télévision and will begin filming this month in Biarritz and the Nouvelle Aquitaine […]

TCB hires BBC Studios’ Demidowicz as commissioning editor

TCB Media Rights has appointed BBC Studios’ Hannah Demidowicz to the position of commissioning editor, in what it claims to be a first for a factual distribution business. Demidowicz’s appointment reflects TCB’s emerging status as ‘mini-commissioner’. In the past year, the distributor has greenlit approximately 50 hours of self-funded and co-developed projects to its portfolio […]

Richard Gere makes TV comeback in MotherFatherSon

Richard Gere is set to star in upcoming BBC drama MotherFatherSon, after a break of three decades from the medium. The eight-part original drama was created and written by Tom Rob Smith (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story) and will be made by BBC Studios for BBC Two. Gere will play Max, a […]

ITV greenlights fourth season of Corfu-based drama The Durrells

Following the success of the first three series, ITV has ordered a fourth installment of Corfu-based drama The Durrells, which is based loosely on Gerald Durrell’s series of novels The Corfu Trilogy. Produced by Sid Gentle Films, the new series will again be written by Simon Nye (Men Behaving Badly). All of the main cast […]

BBC Studios titles make it to Lat Am PlayKids app

BBC Studios and PlayKids have reached an deal which will give users of the PlayKids app in Latin America immediate access to seven CBeebies titles. The titles include Charlie & Lola, Hey Dugee, Sarah & Duck, Clangers, Go Jetters (pictured), Nelly & Nora and Dinopaws. The slate has been selected by PlayKids curators to provide […]

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