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BBCS promotes Nicola Pinn & hires ICM agent for factual production

BBC Studios (BBCS) has hired an ICM Partners exec and promoted Nicola Pinn as part of changes to the production division’s factual operations under Tom McDonald. Pinn becomes director of production for BBCS Production’s factual arm, while ICM’s Ian Moffitt has been appointed to the newly created role of director of commercial & business development. […]

Philippines’ ABS-CBN to adapt BBCS drama format ‘Doctor Foster’

Philippines-based media and entertainment company ABS-CBN Corporation is to create a local adaptation of BBC Studios drama format Doctor Foster. Originally written by Mike Bartlett, with two seasons produced by Drama Republic for BBC One in the UK from 2015 to 2017, the series starred Suranne Jones as a trusted doctor whose life implodes when […]

BBC Studios restructures in Asia & creates new SVP of content role

BBC Studios (BBCS) has restructured its operations in India, South East Asia, Japan and Korea, appointing one of its existing execs to oversee the new division and creating a new SVP of content role in the region. Phil Hardman becomes SVP & GM for Asia at BBCS, with a remit across the global distribution teams […]

Amazon orders Spanish adaptation of ‘The Great British Bake Off’

Amazon in Spain has ordered a 10-part local adaptation of Love Productions’ format The Great British Bake Off. Celebrity Bake Off España will be produced by local outfit Boxfish TV and feature 12 contestants as they attempt to impress judges with their cakes and pastries. The 10 x 50-minute show is being exec produced by […]

ABC acquires BBC Studios wildlife comedy format

US network ABC has picked up a new one-hour unscripted natural world comedy series, based on the BBC Studios format Walk On The Wild Side. The series, with the working title of When Nature Calls, is produced by BBC Studios’ Los Angeles production arm, with Ryan O’Dowd and K.P. Anderson attached to executive produce. The […]

Asia Pacific’s Catchplay+ strikes deal for BBC First in Indonesia & Taiwan

Asia Pacific-focused OTT firm Catchplay+ has struck a deal with BBC Studios (BBCS) that will see its BBC First drama offering being launched as SVOD in Indonesia and Taiwan. The subscription offering via Catchplay+ will provide viewers with shows including long-running sci-fi series Doctor Who, John Boyega-starring Small Axe, and Hear Her, which has been directed […]

Julian Hector steps down as head of BBCS’s Natural History Unit

BBC Studios (BBCS) is on the look-out for a new head of its famed Natural History Unit (NHU) division, after incumbent Julian Hector revealed he would be stepping down after five years in the role. Hector, who has been with the BBC in other roles for more than three decades, took charge of the Planet Earth […]

BritBox strikes exclusive ‘Line Of Duty’ deal in US

BritBox in the US has picked up exclusive rights to the sixth season of Jed Mercurio’s hit police drama Line Of Duty, in a deal that also hands it rights to all future episodes of the show. US streaming service Acorn TV had snapped up streaming rights to the first five seasons of Line Of Duty from Hulu in […]

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