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Exclusive: BBC Studios unveils plans & programming for Showcase 2020

BBC Studios has unveiled details of its forthcoming Showcase sales extravaganza in the UK city of Liverpool next month, which will host talent including Game Of Thrones star Richard Dormer, Doctor Who‘s Jodie Whittaker and hundreds of buyers. The BBC Studios Showcase 2020 marks the 44th incarnation of the annual event for the commercial arm […]

BBCS names Nick Percy to head merged distribution in Europe

BBC Studios has consolidated its distribution operations across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Nick Percy will head up the merged division – previously split into Western Europe and CEMA (Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa) – in the newly created role of EVP for EMEA. Percy, who takes up the role from […]

BBC Studios names chief marketing officer

BBC Studios has re-appointed Nicki Sheard to oversee all marketing for the UK-based organisation. Sheard becomes chief marketing officer at the UK public broadcaster’s commercial arm and will set the global marketing strategy for the company and its brands, including Doctor Who, Top Gear and Strictly Come Dancing/Dancing With The Stars. She will also lead […]

NBC orders BBC Studios blue chip series, closes Peacock Productions

NBC has ordered a 10-part blue chip wildlife series from BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit and confirmed it is shuttering its unscripted division, Peacock Productions. The New World will visit locations across North America, Central America and South America to explore the landscapes, remote wilderness and mysterious creatures that inhabit the region. The show will […]

STV Productions buys into ‘Patrick Melrose’ producer Two Cities as BBC Studios exits

UK-based STV Productions has taken a 25% stake in Patrick Melrose producer Two Cities Television, with former investor BBC Studios exiting as a result. Two Cities is run by Stephen Wright, the former head of drama for BBC Northern Ireland, and ex-BBC, Channel 4 and Universal Television exec Michael Jackson, who have worked on shows […]

BBC One, Warner Bros line up Stephen Fry for JK Rowling’s ‘Fantastic Beasts’ show

BBC One has partnered with Warner Bros., London’s Natural History Museum and Stephen Fry on a documentary that will explore the origins and stories of mythical creatures featured in J.K. Rowling’s book Fantastic Beasts. Fantastic Beasts: A Natural History (working title) is being produced by BBC Studios Natural History Unit (NHU) and Warner Bros Entertainment […]

BBC, Amazon order Big Talk comedy from Stephen Merchant, Elgin James

BBC One in the UK and Amazon Studios have linked up on a new six-part comedy from The Office and Lip Sync Battle co-creator Stephen Merchant. The Offenders (working title) is from writer and director Merchant and Elgin James, co-creator of Mayans M.C., and is being produced by ITV Studios-backed Big Talk Productions. Merchant’s prodco […]

Parade Media appoints former Keo Films CEO

UK-based Parade Media has appointed former Keo Films CEO Debbie Manners to its board of directors. Manners spent almost two decades at the BBC working across commercial and business divisions, and was also chief operating officer at BBC Studios. She also headed up factual specialist Keo and was chief operating officer at Hat Trick Productions, […]

BBC America orders more ‘Killing Eve’ ahead of third season debut

BBC America has renewed hit drama Killing Eve for a fourth season before its third run has started airing. The cat-and-mouse thriller is from BBC Studios-backed Sid Gentle Films and revolves around Eve (Sandra Oh), an MI6 operative, and psychopath assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer), who are bound by a mutual obsession. The show’s fourth run […]

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