Chris Sussman

TBI Weekly: Windowing battle brews for the BBC  

Senior producers and BBC Studios execs have spoken out about the public broadcaster’s plans to extend the 30-day iPlayer window into a full year, as BBC Two lags six months behind Amazon’s premiere date for big-budget co-production Good Omens. The future of the BBC’s catch-up service – where hit show Bodyguard racked up around 10.8m views […]

BBC Studios names comedy development chief

BBC Studios has gone in-house to appoint a head of development for its comedy unit. James Farrell has landed the role at BBC Studios, which as a BBC-owned commercial production entity can now makes shows for the UK’s pubcaster and rival networks. Farrell began his career at the BBC as a script editor before becoming […]

John Cleese to star in BBC One comedy

Sitcom legend John Cleese is to star in a six-part comedy for UK pubcaster the BBC. The Monty Python and Fawlty Towers actor (pictured) will appear alongside Alison Steadman and Jason Watkins in Edith, which will play on BBC One. The plot follows a long-widowed woman (Steadman), who is being courted by a neighbour (Cleese). […]

BBC, Amazon team for apocalyptic comedy

UK pubcaster the BBC and subscription VOD service are creating a six-part comedy based on the Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett novel Good Omens. Gaiman (American Gods, pictured) will be showrunner on the 6x60mins series, which is set to go out on the BBC and Amazon in 2018. Amazon will get the global premiere rights, […]

BBC names new comedy commissioning editor

UK pubcaster the BBC has appointed ex-CPL Productions producer Alex Moody as commissioning editor, comedy. She replaces Chris Sussman, who was recently promoted to head up the BBC’s comedy department and replace Myfanwy Moore. She will join Kristian Smith and Kate Daughton on controller of comedy commissioning Shane Allen’s team, and will oversee a slate […]

BBC Studios names comedy chief

The soon-to-launch BBC Studios has hired a comedy chief, who will effectively replace former comedy controller Myfanwy Moore. Chris Sussman (pictured) has been named head of comedy at BBC Studios, the commercial production arm of the UK’s pubcaster, the BBC. Sussman will move from his current post as commissioning editor for comedy at the BBC […]