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Former Lookout Point boss launches media investment firm with BBCS alum Helen Jackson

Lookout Point’s Simon Vaughan, former BBC Studios vet Helen Jackson and Stella EOC exec Jonathan Norman have launched a media investment outfit. The Media Investment Company – which is spearheaded by Vaughan, a director of the business alongside wife and partner Justine Vaughan – is set to back talent-driven businesses. Jackson serves as executive chair […]

BBC Studios appoints GMs for APAC

BBC Studios has appointed two general managers to lead the business in Australia and New Zealand and South and Southeast Asia. Fiona Lang, who currently serves as chief operating officer for ANZ, has been promoted to GM for Australia and New Zealand, where she will lead the Sydney-based branded services team – including marketing, advertising […]

BBC Studios, Oxford Scientific Films, EOS explore China with CITVC co-production

China International Television Corporation (CITVC) is working with BBC Studios, EOS Films and ITV Studios-backed Oxford Scientific Films on a new three-part factual co-production about Chinese national parks. China: Nature’s Ancient Kingdom (3 x 50 minutes) will explore the country’s reserves including Shennongjia National Park, the Northeast Tiger and Leopard National Park, and the Giant […]

Drama propels UK exports to record high of $1.8bn as global SVOD sales surge

UK dramas such as Bodyguard and Killing Eve helped to propel the country’s TV exports to record sales of £1.4bn ($1.8bn) during 2018/19, while worldwide deals between UK companies and global SVOD’s surged by more than 50% over the same period. The figures, revealed today in UK trade body Pact’s TV Exports Report, show that […]

Greenbird backs new prodco from documentary presenter Stacey Dooley

BBC documentary presenter Stacey Dooley has launched a new production outfit with the backing of Keshet Media Group-backed investment outfit Greenbird. Little Dooley will work as co-producers to co-create programme formats as well developing commissioning ideas and emerging talent. Greenbird will offer “a services and support role” with Little Dooley, the investment firm said, with […]

BBC Studios’ Hilary Salmon to launch prodco with Nick Betts and Radford Neville

BBC Studios drama veteran Hilary Salmon is leaving the organisation to launch a new production outfit with colleagues Nick Betts and Radford Neville. Salmon was most recently head of BBCS, working on shows including Luther and Richard Gere’s MotherFatherSon, while Neville joined BBCS as head of production for drama series and serials in 2017. He […]

BBC Studios sells ‘Weakest Link’ into Greece, Russia

BBC Studios has sold The Weakest Link into Greece and Russia. The quiz show has been picked up by Greek free-to-air channel Skai and Russia’s free-to-air network MIR. In Greece, Skai has made a 100 x 60-minute episode order, set to air this autumn with Tasos Trifonos, the star of the Cypriot version, carrying out […]

MIPCOM 2019: The Big Deals

As MIPCOM closes its doors after another frenetic market, TBI explores some of the big deals to emerge this year in Cannes. DRAMA With new streamers in town, scripted business was again frisk along the Croisette, with one of those new entrants, Topic, picking up rights to StudioCanal shows Vernon Subutex and Danish comedy drama […]

BBC Studios, Australia’s Nine strike long-term natural history pact

BBC Studios and Nine have struck a long-term natural history partnership that will see the Australian network debuting a quintet of landmark series. Nine will have Australian premiere rights for five natural history offerings from the BBC Planet franchise and another project, for which details have not been announced. The projects included in the deal […]

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