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BBC Worldwide rejigs Oz, NZ business

BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand is restructuring its sales operation, merging its TV, digital and formats units under one umbrella. Director of content sales Irene Read (pictured) will oversee the enlarged business, with Deborah Tod taking up a new post as head of content sales for Australia, with Sam Stacey handed a new post […]

Daily Dancing with the Stars for Colombia

Colombian broadcaster RCN has ordered a local version of international format hit Dancing with the Stars, and will strip the dancing competition series through the week, marking the first time the format has been shown in this way in Latin America. RCN has acquired the format from BBC Worldwide, and Fox Telecolombia will make the […]

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, […]

ABC revives Muppets, okays Rhimes drama

ABC kicked off the 2015-16 Upfronts week by ordering six dramas and three comedies, including a Muppets revival. The network also renewed 22 primetime series, and cancelled four others. The Muppets show is being billed as an aged-up documentary-style series in which the puppet characters’ lives are explored in detail. The comedy comes from Bill […]

A+E poaches BBC Worldwide’s Hill

A+E Networks has poached BBC Worldwide’s Amanda Hill to become its chief creative officer, international. She will be responsible for overseeing A+E’s programming, marketing and communications teams across its global portfolio, which includes the A&E channel, History and FYI. Included in this is oversight of all content, including programming development and coproductions. Hill will also […]

BBC pulls Top Gear after Clarkson suspension

UK public broadcaster the BBC has decided to pull the remaining episodes of flagship motoring series Top Gear after controversial star presenter Jeremy Clarkson (above, centre) was suspended after an altercation with a member of the production team. “Following a fracas with a BBC producer, Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended pending an investigation,” The BBC […]

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 […]

BBC Worldwide producing Daft Punk doc for Canal+

Canal+ has commissioned BBC Worldwide Productions France to create a 1x60mins documentary about French DJ duo Daft Punk, TBI has learned. The doc will “tell the extraordinary story of the two award-winning French DJ musicians hidden behind robot masks”, according to BBCWW. It will air on Canal+ in 2015, and represents the first time the […]

Antena tuned to Romanian TV

The Romanian TV market is ultra-competitive with numerous channels vying for ratings and a slice of the modest ad revenues available. Antena Group CEO Sorin Alexandrescu tells Stewart Clarke about his plan for the locally-owned broadcaster to overtake US-backed CME in the battle for eyeballs and about the challenges facing the country’s television sector. Seated […]