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Made with China: is it time to transcend the quota narrative?

International distributors are increasingly finding new ways of navigating the mixed messages shrouding China’s ominous content quotas and censorship rules. Andy Fry investigates. In recent times, international content companies have been confronted with two conflicting narratives when it comes to China. On the one hand, the country has been pitched as a fast-growing market with […]

BBC scripted boss to step down

BBC Studios scripted MD Nick Betts is to step down from his role over the next few weeks. Betts, who oversees popular titles such as Doctor Who and Silent Witness, revealed the news during a Content London panel held in Kings Cross on Tuesday. The exec has said that it was his decision to leave and […]

BBC tests int’l SVOD offering post-BBC Player launch in Germany

The BBC has confirmed it is experimenting with “different ways to reach audiences in different markets” after launching an SVOD offering via Amazon Prime Video Channels in Germany and Austria last week. BBC Player launched for the first time in Germany and Austria on November 15, with the €3.99 per-month subscription service available exclusively to […]

BBC Studios hires Twenty Twenty exec for unscripted development

BBC Studios has appointed Twenty Twenty’s Martha Housden and The Royal Wedding: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle producer-director Claire Popplewell to its factual entertainment and events team. Housden, who acted as director of development at Twenty Twenty, is now creative director for development at the BBC and will work closely with the existing team to develop […]

BBCW’s Tracy Forsyth lands at WFTV

Former BBC Worldwide exec Tracy Forsyth has landed at UK industry organization Women in Film and Television. The exec, who served as genre director of fact ent, entertainment and formats at BBCW prior to leaving the business in May, has joined WFTV as the new producer of its mentoring scheme, which offers a six-month career […]

MIPCOM: The Big Deals

With this week’s MIPCOM market coming to a close, TBI looks at the top deals struck out of Cannes. Netflix The streaming giant picked up Keshet International’s When Heroes Fly, the first recipient of the Canneseries Best Series award, for global release in 2019. All ten episodes of the original Hebrew-language drama will be made available in […]

BBC Three’s Stupid Man Smart Phone lands in Singapore

Kalel Productions’ BBC Three fact ent format Stupid Man, Smart Phone is heading to Singapore.   BBC Studios Distribution has sold the 8 x 30-minute format into Mediacorp’s English-language free-to-air network Channel 5. The show, which was originally produced by Kalel and Second Star Productions in association with BBC Brit, will be available on Mediacorp’s OTT […]

Tim Davie: BBC’s distribution is going through “radical change”

BBC Studios CEO Tim Davie said that the company’s distribution business is going through a “radical change” during a MIPCOM keynote, where he explained the decision behind bringing the BBC’s production and distribution arm together earlier this year. Davie noted during the conference that the aim of the merger is to bring British, high-end, editorialised […]

Script to Screen: MotherFatherSon

Luring Richard Gere to television after a 30-year break, BBC Two’s MotherFatherSon examines family, power dynamics and the turbulent media world Act 1 BBC Studios Production’s Head of Drama, Hilary Salmon, had worked previously with writer Tom Rob Smith on the critically acclaimed BBC Two drama London Spy, so when the prolific novelist and screenwriter […]

BBC Studios reports 20% gender pay gap as union calls for “urgent” discussion

BBC Studios has revealed that its gender pay gap has risen to nearly 20% in its first Gender Pay Gap Report since merging in-house production and distribution business in April. There was a slight increase in the mean gap in 2018, which rose from 18.9% in 2017 to 19.6%. This is higher than the national […]

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