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BBC Studios, Lionsgate hire former DreamWorks exec to head US partnership

BBC Studios and Lionsgate have appointed former Fox and DreamWorks exec Dan McDermott as the head of scripted TV of its US-focused partnership.  Set up in October 2018, the venture was formed to identify, co-develop and co-fund scripted formats and original IP for the US market. In his newly created role, McDermott will oversee operations […]

ITV orders Duchy of Cornwall series from BBC Studios

ITV has commissioned Inside The Duchy from BBC Studios, a new series including exclusive interviews with The Prince of Wales. The 2×60-min series, which is being distributed internationally by Fremantle, will offer an insight into The Duchy of Cornwall, which covers more than 130,000 acres across the UK. The 700 year old Duchy of Cornwall is an ancient […]

‘Dancing with the Stars’ waltzes to Myanmar

BBC Studios has sold the Dancing with the Stars format to Forever Group in Myanmar. A leading Myanmar private media broadcasting and production group, Forever Group will be producing Dancing with the Stars Myanmar for free-to-air terrestrial network Myanmar Radio and Television 4 (MRTV-4), which they jointly operate with the state-owned MRTV. The 15-episode series will premiere in October […]

BBC Studios, ZDF strike strategic content partnership

BBC Studios and Germany’s ZDF have struck a strategic partnership to develop and co-produce a slate of new content. The long-term agreement will see the two organisations co-develop scripted and landmark factual programming such as the forthcoming One Planet: Seven Worlds from BBC Studios Natural History Unit. A partnership between the two companies is expected […]

BBC Studios, Cosmote SVOD deal signals post-Discovery licensing plans

BBC Studios has struck a premium factual SVOD deal with Greek telco OTE’s pay-TV service Cosmote TV, lifting the lid on how such deals will play out alongside its international SVOD pact with Discovery.  BBC Studios has licensed more than 250 hours of factual programmes for Cosmote TV’s on-demand service, Cosmote TV Go, launched last […]

TBI Weekly: MIPTV at critical juncture to safeguard its future

MIPTV reached a major turning point this week, with the future of the spring market in its current iteration poised for a significant overhaul amid a growing chorus of incensed distributors.   For a number of years now, the four-day market has been shedding international buyers due to unsavory timing ahead of LA Screenings in […]

Good Omens: Adapting the unadaptable

The creative team behind BBC Studios and Amazon Studios’ Good Omens tells Manori Ravindran how they adapted the unadaptable, bringing Terry Pratchett’s final wish to life Ten years ago, it would have been inconceivable to adapt Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s 1990 fantasy novel Good Omens for the screen. Written “as a bit of fun” […]

Viacom’s Pluto TV inks content deal with BBC Studios

Viacom-owned AVOD service Pluto TV has struck a deal with BBC Studios to place a range of its content on its platform in the US. Select titles from the BBC Studios will air across Pluto TV’s channel line-up and on-demand from May 2019 and feature series such as Being Erica, Bedlam, Primeval and Robin Hood. […]

BBC Studios appoints Lisa Opie as MD of UK production

BBC Studios has appointed Lisa Opie, its former factual production MD, as managing director of UK production. Opie will report to BBC Studios’ director of content Ralph Lee and be responsible for delivering the studio’s business plan, defining and delivering its commercial strategy and be accountable for risk and business management. She will sit on […]

BBC Studios eyes Dutch relocation for channels ahead of ‘no-deal’ Brexit

BBC Studios is looking to migrate a chunk of its broadcast licenses to the Netherlands ahead of a potential no-deal Brexit scenario. The commercial arm of the corporation is making the move in order to continue transmitting across the European Union if the UK leaves without a deal in place. The licenses in question are […]

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