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BBC Studios names Netflix alum to head up LA production arm

BBC Studios (BBCS) has appointed former Netflix exec Rob Smith as general manager of its production business in LA. His remit includes overseeing all creative and business responsibilities for the production arm in LA, as well as exploring new opportunities for the division and collaborating with BBCS’s UK operations on format initiatives. He takes up […]

BritBox adds ‘Brexitcast’ for North American audiences

BBC Studios and ITV-backed streamer BritBox has added a new BBC One show about the UK’s imminent exit from the European Union to its North American slate. Brexitcast, which will be available exclusively on BritBox, was inspired by the eponymous BBC podcast and features insights into the complicated world of Brexit from Westminster and Brussels. […]

BBC Studios names ‘Bodyguard’ exec to head drama for production arm

BBC Studios (BBCS) has appointed Bodyguard producer Priscilla Parish to lead the drama division at its production arm. Parish, who becomes head of drama for BBCS Production, will report to director of content Ralph Lee and will be responsible for the creative strategy and development for BBCS drama series and serials, daytime drama and factual […]

BBC Studios unveils successful candidates for revamped Writers’ Academy

BBC Studios (BBCS) has unveiled eight successful candidates who have secured a place on its Writers’ Academy, the paid training scheme fronted by former Company Pictures MD John Yorke. The program was launched in April and is intended to offer up-and-coming writers the opportunity to gain skills of penning TV drama and working on the […]

BBC Studios appoints Australia chief to head new Asia-Pac division

BBC Studios (BBCS) has created a new Asia-Pacific business that will be headed up by former Australia & New Zealand boss Jon Penn, with the company’s former acting chief for Asia departing. Jon Penn has been appointed exec VP of APAC, which will bring together the public broadcaster’s commercial operations across Asia with its activities […]

BBCS’s ‘Top Gear’ motors across Nordics with remake deal

BBC Studios’ long-running motoring show Top Gear is being remade across the Nordics as part of a three-country deal with Discovery Networks. Banijay Group’s Nordisk Film TV will produce the three versions for viewers in Denmark, Sweden and Norway, with the shows set to air in 2020. Discovery Networks Nordics’ Kanal 5 will be the […]

BBC Studios in scripted commissioning first with ‘Cheaters’

BBC Studios (BBCS) has made its first move into commissioning scripted series without other broadcasters or streamers attached, with a short-form comedy to be produced by the company behind The End of the F***ing World. Cheaters is from UK-based Clerkenwell Films, in which BBCS owns a 48% stake, and follows a funding and production deal […]

BBC Studios names executive duo for CEE and Africa

BBC Studios (BBCS) has appointed two executives to oversee branded programming for Africa, and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), as part of its recent restructuring in the regions. Former M-Net and Kwesé exec Pierre Cloete and BBCS Poland’s Zbigniew Pruski have been named as commercial directors for branded services for Sub-Saharan Africa and CEE, respectively. […]

EOne hires BBC Studios distribution exec for Lat Am sales

Entertainment One (eOne) has hired BBC Studios sales exec David Hanono to grow the business’s Latin American footprint. Hanono, who is to serve as VP of sales for Latin America, will be based in Miami, reporting into Dan Loewy, eOne’s recently promoted EVP of Americas for international distribution. The exec will be responsible for sales […]

BBC Studios extends Foxtel deal with arrival of BBC Earth

Australian pay TV operator Foxtel is replacing its BBC Knowledge channel with factual brand BBC Earth and adding a raft of programming to its slate, as part of an extended deal with BBC Studios (BBCS). The long-term agreement will see BBCS shows, including blue chip natural history series featuring Sir David Attenborough, airing on the […]

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