Doctor Who

Amazon snags Doctor Who rights

Amazon has bagged exclusive US streaming rights to Doctor Who, the iconic UK sci-fi series. In terms of streaming in the US, Netflix and Hulu has carried current and older episodes of Doctor Who but those deals ran out earlier this year meaning there had been no legitimate streaming option for fans for several weeks. […]

Televisa bags Top Gear, Doctor Who for SVOD

Televisa has snagged a raft of BBC programming for its recently-launched SVOD service Blim. The Mexican media giant has inked a deal with BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of UK pubcaster the BBC, covering over 200 hours of programming across drama, factual and entertainment. The agreement covers Top Gear (left), the car magazine series and best-selling […]

Showcase: huge Asian VOD deal for BBCWW

BBC Worldwide has inked a 600-hour deal with SK Broadband’s video-on-demand service. The commercial arm of the UK’s pubcaster has shopped a raft of titles to South Korea’s SK for its BTV service in a two-year volume deal. The agreement spans drama, factual and natural history. Scripted titles include BBCWW staples Doctor Who, and one […]

Broadchurch writer replacing Moffat on Doctor Who

The BBC has confirmed that Steven Moffat will step down as lead writer and exec producer on popular sci-fi series Doctor Who, with Broadchurch writer Chris Chibnall stepping into the role. The BBC said it was Moffat’s decision to step down after six seasons. During his run in charge of the show there have been […]

BBC launching drama channel in Middle East

BBC Worldwide has struck a deal with OSN and will roll out its drama channel in the Middle East and North Africa region on the regional pay TV platform. BBC First is one of Worldwide’s key channel brands after it rejigged its offering last year, and has already rolled out in Australia and parts of […]

BBC America gets on board Doctor Who spin-off

BBC America has come on board Doctor Who spin-off Class as a copro partner. The US cable net, which is run by AMC Networks and BBC Worldwide, announced the news at its TCA presentation. Class was originally announced by the BBC last year. Set in London, the 8x45mins series will target a young adult audience […]

BBC iPlayer TV requests up by 15 million

The BBC reported 255 million requests for TV programmes on the iPlayer in October, up by 15 million compared to the same month a year earlier. In its iPlayer Monthly Performance Pack, the UK pubcaster said that “as the nights draw in, TV increases in appeal” with requests for both TV and radio shows coming […]

NBCU’s Syfy snags Lat Am Doctor Who

NBCUniversal’s cable net Syfy has acquired Latin American rights to popular UK sci-fi series Doctor Who. The deal mean the show will transfer from BBC Worldwide’s own channels in the region to Syfy. The agreement kicks in next year with a re-run of season eight of the show before exclusive premiere of season nine in […]

BBC Store debuts with ‘comprehensive’ offering

BBC Worldwide has today launched its download-to-own BBC Store, promising access to the “most comprehensive collection of BBC programmes ever collected”. The Store is a joint effort between the BBC’s commercial and public service arms, and is accessible both through the BBC’s iPlayer catch-up service and from a standalone website – with BBC Store mobile […]

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 […]