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BBC Worldwide Showcase: entertainment and formats in the spotlight

Formats are taking centre stage at BBC Worldwide Showcase this year. Tracy Forsyth and Sumi Connock talk about this year’s line-up. “This is our year,” says Tracy Forsyth, director of factual entertainment and entertainment at BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC. “We have a smorgasboard of Saturday night shows, and there’s always demand […]

BBC extends Matt LeBlanc’s Top Gear journey

UK pubcaster the BBC has confirmed Matt LeBlanc will remain as host of motoring series Top Gear for two years, providing a major boost to the ailing format. LeBlanc was a hit with viewers in the first season of Top Gear not to feature Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May since 2002, though co-host […]

Top Gear host’s show heads for US cable

A motoring show from one of the presenters of the Top Gear reboot has been picked up by BBC America. The US cable net has ordered Chris Harris on Cars. Harris (fourth from the left) is one of the presenting team on the new Top Gear, which like previous series of the motoring show has been in […]

BBC Worldwide ‘confident’ over Top Gear future

The commercial arm of the BBC has rejected fears over the future of motoring series Top Gear after lead presenter Chris Evans (above middle) resigned after one season. The format has been a key revenue generator for the UK pubcaster internationally, meaning this week’s developments could cause significant concern among both sales acquisitions executives. However, […]

RTL’s Nitro buys new Top Gear

RTL has acquired the Top Gear reboot for its digital channel RTL Nitro. The deal sees the Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc version of car series move to the RTL net from Discovery’s DMax, which licensed the older Clarkson, May and Hammond-fronted seasons, with that channel still holding rights to that incarnation of the show. […]

Netflix ‘could pit new Top Gear against Amazon’

SVOD service Netflix is reportedly planning to deflate the tyres of Amazon Studios new Jeremy Clarkson-fronted motoring show by acquiring rights to the BBC’s new-look Top Gear. The Guardian has reported that talks have begun between Netflix and the BBC, whose commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, sells the Top Gear format and finished tape internationally. BBCWW […]

Under the bonnet of the new Top Gear

Top Gear is the biggest factual TV show in the world, and one of the biggest earners for BBC Worldwide. So UK pubcaster the BBC and its commercial arm had good cause to be concerned when its star presenter Jeremy Clarkson hit one of the production team, starting a chain of events that saw him […]

Showcase: LeBlanc ‘gives Top Gear global boost’

New Top Gear frontman Chris Evans has told TBI that bringing Friends star Matt LeBlanc on board will further boost the international appeal of the hit global format. Evans and LeBlanc (pictured above) were at BBC Worldwide’s Showcase event in Liverpool to promote the reboot of the popular motoring series and to meet international buyers […]

LeBlanc confirmed as new Top Gear revs up

US star Matt LeBlanc has been named the co-presenter on iconic motoring series Top Gear. The Friends star will be part of the presenting team alongside Chris Evans as UK pubcaster the BBC readies the new version of the series. The long-running show was pulled from BBC Two in the wake of a scandal that […]

Evans plots Top Gear change for BBCWW

The new presenter of BBC Worldwide’s motoring franchise Top Gear, Chris Evans, plans to bring more studio elements to the format when his first season in charge launches next year, as he says he must make the show sufficiently different to the previous Jeremy Clarkson-led incarnation. Speaking to journalists in Cannes, Evans (pictured) said former […]