David Weiland

BBC Studios’ Asia chief steps down

BBC Studios’ exec VP of Asia David Weiland (pictured) is stepping down from his position to take on a new globally-facing role focused on the company’s working culture. Weiland is returning to the UK to take up the newly created position of exec VP of engagement for BBC Studios, having spent five years overseeing operations […]

South Korea set to adapt BBC drama Luther

At BBC’s annual Showcase event, South Korean broadcaster MBC (Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation) will be making a local version of Luther. The South Korean counterpart will premiere in late October. Luther will join BBC series Mistresses and Life on Mars in the territory this year. A Russian version of Luther was previously made by production company […]

iQiyi bags 300 hours of CBeebies shows

Chinese on-demand player iQiyi is acquiring nearly 300 hours of preschool programming from UK-based kids channel CBeebies. iQiyi today unveiled a Memorandum of Understanding that its chief content officer, Wang Xiaohui, and BBC Worldwide executive VP of Asia David Weiland have signed. As of June, CBeebies programming will be made available to iQiyi’s 20 million […]

BBC launches new channel in Asia

BBC Worldwide is continuing the international rollout of its new channel brands with the launch of natural history offering BBC Earth in Asia. Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster, has refined its channel offering, which is now focused on doc offering BBC Earth, lifestyle channel BBC Brit and premium drama service BBC First. […]

BBC Worldwide in largest Taiwan deal

BBC Worldwide claims it has closed its largest-ever programming deal in Taiwan through an agreement with Chunghwa Telecom-backed channel operator ELTA TV. The deal includes channels, programme sales and VOD platform from the factual, lifestyle, light entertainment, news and current affairs wings of the BBC’s commercial arm. Following the agreement four BBC-branded channels – BBC […]

Turner poaches BBC Worldwide’s McDonough

Turner Broadcasting System has poached BBC Worldwide’s Ian McDonough to lead its new Northern Europe unit. The hire comes as BBCWW’s Asian boss Joyce Yeung (below right) becomes executive VP, global content sales and Western Europe chief David Weiland replacing her as EVP, Asia. McDonough (left) was BBCWW’s EVP, CEMA (Central Eastern Europe, Middle East […]

BBC crafts swathe of format deals for Sewing Bee

BBC Worldwide has agreed deals for local versions of its Sewing Bee format in France, Norway and Sweden. David Weiland, Worldwide’s executive VP, Western Europe, told TBI about the deals from the ongoing BBC Showcase event in Liverpool. The fact-ent format, which was created by Bake Off producer Love Productions, has also been optioned Italy, […]

Executive predictions: TV on 2014

As another eventful year in television draws to a close, leading industry figures – including Warner Bros. formats boss Andrew Zein, BBC Worldwide’s Western Europe chief David Weiland and NBCUniversal’s David Mortimer – predict the trends and moments that will define the next 12 months.   Next year I am looking forward to the launch of a […]

TBI’s 2013 in review – part three

In the third part of a review of 2013, we look at the ever changing face of the industry – is that former rival now your partner in crime in your acquisitions department? TBI runs down all the major comings and goings from the past twelve months.   SURPRISE DEPARTURES AND TOP LEVEL CHANGES David […]

BBC Worldwide unveils Western Europe restructure

BBC Worldwide has restructured its Western Europe division, announcing five new country chiefs. All of the execs under the new structure report to David Weiland (pictured) who is executive VP, Western Europe, at Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster. The changes follow a wholesale restructure of the Worldwide operation, which saw the […]