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BBC’s Tim Davie explores ‘ambition to flip’ BBCS sales into DTC streamer

The BBC and its commercial arm BBC Studios (BBCS) are facing “really big choices” over the “ambition” for direct-to-consumer streamers worldwide, according to Tim Davie. Davie last year switched from running BBCS to taking the top job at the BBC and has been vocal in his support for new streaming service launches as it seeks […]

‘Masked Singer UK’ prodco Bandicoot hires BBCS, Renowned & Cactus execs

The Masked Singer UK producer Bandicoot TV has appointed former BBC Studios, Renowned Films and Cactus TV execs as it looks to expand its operations domestically and in the US. James Lessell has been named head of entertainment, with a remit to seek new UK formats and content. He will oversee all new UK entertainment […]

Round-up: Keshet 12 orders more ‘Dessert’; UKTV’s Drama snags Father Brown spin-off

Keshet 12 orders more Dessert Israeli network Keshet 12 has re-commissioned The Perfect Dessert for a second season following its debut earlier this summer. The show, which was originally developed and produced with Keshet Broadcasting by July August Productions, requires judges to first inspect the creations of contestants using only their eyes before then digging […]

BBC & AMC+ drama ‘The North Water’ sails into 40 territories

CBC in Canada and Foxtel in Australia are among almost 40 broadcasters and streamers around the world to have acquired BBC & AMC+ drama series The North Water, ahead of its UK debut. The 5 x 60-minute series, which is distributed by BBC Studios, was produced by See-Saw Films as a co-production with Rhombus Media, […]

BBC Studios strikes international deals for Brook Lapping’s 9/11 feature doc

Factual producer Brook Lapping’s 9/11: Life Under Attack, which coincides with the 20th anniversary of 9/11, has secured a raft of international sales through distributor BBC Studios. The 90-minute feature length doc was commissioned by ITV, France Televisions (French title 9/11: From the Ground Up), the History Channel (US title 9/11: I Was There) and […]

BBC Studios adds Eureka & Fremantle alum in Australia

BBC Studios has appointed former Eureka Productions and Fremantle exec Will Hamilton to work across its operations in Australia and New Zealand. Hamilton becomes director of commercial & business operations at BBCS ANZ and will lead the company’s productions in the region. The company’s regional slate includes Mastermind and Dancing With The Stars: All Stars. […]

Nat Geo inks first-look Westbrook deal & expands adventure slate

Disney-backed National Geographic is expanding its adventure-based slate, by signing a five-year first-look unscripted deal with Westbrook Studios and making a slew of new commissions. The Westbrook agreement covers the development of all unscripted projects in the areas of adventure, exploration, travel and science for all of National Geographic’s TV platforms and its Disney+ originals. […]

SBS in Oz hires BBC Studios exec to lead entertainment & food

Australian broadcaster SBS has hired BBC Studios (BBCS) exec Emily Griggs for its unscripted output, following Susie Jones’s move to Netflix. Griggs becomes head of entertainment & food and joins the Aussie broadcaster having been in charge of development and content at BBCS in Oz, where she worked on shows such as Mastermind and Celebrity […]

BBC Studios Productions appoints Newen’s Martha Brass as COO

BBC Studios (BBCS) Productions has appointed Martha Brass from France’s Newen Group as its chief operating officer. Brass reports into Ralph Lee, CEO at BBCS Productions, and will have oversight of commercial and business development activities. She will also be accountable for business operations and production across all office belonging to BBCS Productions, which is currently […]

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