BBC Worldwide Productions


NBC hires ex-Endemol Shine unscripted exec

US broadcaster NBC has hired former Endemol Shine North America unscripted production chief Linda Giambrone. She has been named executive VP of production for NBC Entertainment and Universal Television Alternative Studio (UTAS), which launched earlier this year. She was most recently EVP and head of unscripted production at Endemol Shine North America (ESNA), but left […]

Top Gear America returning on US cable

Just under a year after History ended its US version of Top Gear, BBC America is bringing the format back. Top Gear America will premiere on AMC Networks-operated BBC America later this year, beginning a new eight-part series. History had run its version (pictured) between 2010 and 2016, but this stopped after six seasons amid […]

Warner Bros. nabs Endemol Shine exec for Oz

Warner Bros. International Television Production’s Austrlian arm has a new managing director. Michael Brooks will join Warner from Endemol Shine USA, where he was senior VP, programming and executive producer of series such as MasterChef, MasterChef Junior and The Biggest Loser. In August, WBITVP tapped Endemol Shine for another exec, bringing Shaun Murphy in to […]

Ex-History, MTV execs form indie

Sky Vision and transatlantic indie October Films are backing a new production company from former History scripted chief Julian Hobbs and ex-MTV current series chief Elli Hakami. Talos Films will be based in New York, and focus on creating high-end event documentaries, formats and scripted series. Sky Vision, the sales arm of European pay TV […]

Jane Tranter sets up £100m Welsh prodco

Jane Tranter has set up Bad Wolf, a new Wales-based prodco that will bring £100 million (US$155.9 million) of investment to the region. Tranter, the former head of BBC Worldwide’s LA production outpost, has teamed with Julie Gardner,  who was part of her team in the US. The new company will be based in south […]

Forde upped as Tranter exits BBC Worldwide Prods

Matt Forde (below) has been promoted at BBC Worldwide North America after the company confirmed the departure of UK-bound Jane Tranter. Julie Gardner is also leaving BBCWW North America’s BBCWW Productions and subsidiary Adjacent Productions to work with Tranter (below right) on a new independent production company. As a result of the departures, executive VP, […]

Tranter to exit BBC Worldwide Productions

Jane Tranter is to leave LA-based BBC Worldwide Productions and return to the UK indie scene. Tranter has been at the head of BBC Worldwide’s US production team since 2009, but is preparing to step down in the next few months, according to UK trade paper Broadcast. BBCWWP’s senior VP, scripted programming Julie Gardner is expected to […]

French telco tracks down BBC’s Intruders

French telco operator OCS has acquired the BBC’s new mystery drama Intruders following MIPCOM. The 8x43mins series, penned by horror writer and producer Glen Morgan, comes from the UK’s BBC Two, US cable net BBC America and LA-based BBC Worldwide Productions. The BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, distributes it and has closed the sale following […]

BBC heist drama remade at Fox

Homeland and 24 producer Howard Gordon is working up a remake of BBC heist drama Inside Men in the US. US network Fox’s cable production division Fox 21 is working with LA-based BBC Worldwide Productions and Gordon’s Teakwood Lane Productions on the adaptation. Gordon will helm the project alongside Richard Price (The Wire). The BBC […]

BBC Two, America on alert for Intruders

The UK’s BBC Two and US cable channel BBC America are coproducing an 8x45mins mystery thriller drama starring Life on Mars actor John Simm. Intruders counts the two channels, plus LA-based BBC Worldwide Productions, as coproducers, with BBC Worldwide distributing internationally. The series will follow a secret society that chases immortality by seeking refuge within […]