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 […]

BBC appoints Disney alum Anna Taganov to head children’s content & strategy

Former Disney exec Anna Taganov has been appointed as head of children’s content and programming strategy for UK pubcaster the BBC. Taganov, who is currently a children’s media consultant, will be responsible for managing content and programming strategies for BBC Children’s video output across CBeebies, CBBC and BBC iPlayer. She will report to Patricia Hidalgo, […]

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, […]

TBI Weekly: Six takeaways from Edinburgh TV Festival 2021

The 2021 Edinburgh TV Festival again made headlines this week, with US-based streamers using the online event to highlight their European intentions, while the ongoing debate over the future of Channel 4 provided plenty of fodder for conversations of a more domestic nature. Among the most noteworthy commissions to be revealed was Nautilus for Disney+, […]

Ed TV Festival: BBC talks linear; ITV defends ‘Love Island’ & Amazon on risk-taking

The BBC talked up linear reach, ITV defended Love Island and Amazon spoke about the importance of taking risks, on day three of this year’s Edinburgh TV Festival. Speaking at the festival yesterday, the BBC CCO, Charlotte Moore, defended the British pubcaster’s decision to return BBC Three as a linear channel in January 2022. The […]

BBC appoints Cinephil’s Philippa Kowarsky as Storyville commissioning editor

UK pubcaster the BBC has appointed Cinephil founder Philippa Kowarsky as commissioning editor of its original documentary brand Storyville, while Jo Lapping has taken on an enhanced role as head of factual acquisitions. Kowarsky will report to Rose Garnett, director of BBC Film, and be tasked with identifying and co-producing original documentary feature films with […]

BBC appoints presenter Suzy Klein to lead arts & classical music programming

UK presenter Suzy Klein has been appointed head of arts & classical music programming for the BBC, following an overhaul of the broadcaster’s operations earlier this year. Klein will focus on shows for the BBC’s linear channels, its streaming service iPlayer and other digital offerings, but she will also work with the broadcaster’s radio and […]

BBC fulfils factual & arts pledge with slew of commissions

UK pubcaster the BBC has ordered a slew of new programming through its recently created Factual, Arts and Classical Music “commissioning powerhouse”. The division, led by Patrick Holland, has unveiled several upcoming box-set series, delivering on its pledge to double investment in arts and music content on its BBC Two channel over the next two […]

BBC orders ‘Crossfire’ thriller with Dancing Ledge & Keeley Hawes

UK pubcaster the BBC has commissioned Crossfire, a new miniseries about a hotel shooting to star and be executive produced by Bodyguard’s Keeley Hawes. Fremantle-backed Dancing Ledge Productions will reportedly team with Hawes’ Buddy Club Productions to produce the three-part series for BBC One. It will be written by Apple Tree Yard scribe Louise Doughty […]

BBC selects factual talent for documentary initiative

UK pubcaster the BBC has selected four filmmakers to make their first documentary film through its New Documentary Directors Initiative. Now on its fifth year, the initiative takes place every 18 months, with the BBC’s documentary commissioning team selecting new factual talent to nurture and champion. The four directors will be housed in production companies […]

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