Doctor Who


HBO Max scores major licensing coup for BBC content

HBO Max has scooped up exclusive streaming rights to Doctor Who via a major licensing deal with BBC Studios. The WarnerMedia-owned platform has acquired streaming rights to the current season, along with 10 other seasons of the rebooted sci-fi show, which was re-launched on BBC One in 2005 after a 16-year absence. The programme, which […]

Netflix hires BBC Studios’ Lee-Joe as chief marketing officer

Netflix has hired BBC Studios’ Jackie Lee-Joe as its chief marketing officer. The Australian exec, who has served as CMO for BBC Studios since 2015, will take over from Kelly Bennett, who is retiring this year after seven years with the streaming giant. The London-based exec, who has been appointed after a four-month search by […]

Op-ed: A female Doctor Who can’t mask entertainment’s off-screen problem

October may have seen one fabled entertainment glass ceiling smashed, with Jodie Whittaker nailing it as the first female Doctor Who, but the UK television industry still faces a major diversity problem both behind and in front of the camera, says Philip Large, CEO of entertainment career site The Mandy Network. Whittaker’s casting was a milestone […]

Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor Who draws 8.2m at launch

The Sunday premiere of the BBC’s latest season of Doctor Who, starring Jodie Whittaker as the first female lead, reached an overnight audience of 8.2m in the UK. Whittaker’s debut as the 13th doctor drew an average of 8.2m viewers according to overnight figures, with a peak of 9m viewers. The title gained an audience share of […]

Worldwide ambitions open the Showcase – BBC content event

BBC Worldwide’s annual four-day programming sales event in Liverpool, England, is a regular trip for 700-plus buyers. TBI looks what the commercial arm of the BBC is planning in 2018 These are momentous times for the BBC, the UK’s public service broadcaster. While it is under constant ideological pressure from some corners of the British […]

BBCWW reveals top rated int’l shows

BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) has revealed its most-watched programmes around the world for 2017, which includes Planet Earth II, Sherlock and Dancing with the Stars. Though it did not provide methodology, BBCWW singled out various shows’ performances in various territories, with the data coming just before the BBC Worldwide Showcase market in Liverpool, UK, later this […]

TV production spend jumps to £938m in the UK – BFI

Total UK production spend for high-end television programmes reached £938 million (US$1.33 billion) in 2017, the highest amount yet according to BFI research. The latest figure is an increase of 9% from UK spend in 2016, which arrived at £861 million. A combination of inward spend, the case where titles are substantially financed and controlled […]

BBC Showcase to host tech giants Apple, Netflix & more

BBC Worldwide Showcase 2018, held later this month (February 18-21), will be hosting Apple, Netflix, Amazon, Facebook, Hulu and more digital giants in Liverpool, UK. The Showcase, which brings together buyers with A-list talent, commissioners and producers, will also play host to localised SVOD players such as Showmax, Stan and iFlix. Joining the streamers, stars […]

BBCWW upbeat despite returns dipping

The BBC’s commercial arm reported a year-on-year increase in sales and profits, but cash returns to the corporation fell for the third consecutive year. Announcing results for the year ending March 31, 2017, BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) said that headline sales were up 3.0% to £1.06 billion (US$1.36 billion) and headline profit was up 17.6% to […]

BBCW strikes deal with SMGP to expand Doctor Who in China

BBC Worldwide today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with leading Chinese media company Shanghai Media Group Pictures that will see expansion of the Doctor Who brand in China. Under the terms of the agreement, BBCW will work with SMG Pictures to increase the Doctor Who fan base in China, exploring opportunities as well as exchanging expertise. […]

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