Helen Jackson

Former Lookout Point boss launches media investment firm with BBCS alum Helen Jackson

Lookout Point’s Simon Vaughan, former BBC Studios vet Helen Jackson and Stella EOC exec Jonathan Norman have launched a media investment outfit. The Media Investment Company – which is spearheaded by Vaughan, a director of the business alongside wife and partner Justine Vaughan – is set to back talent-driven businesses. Jackson serves as executive chair […]

BBCWW takes majority stake in Sid Gentle Films

BBC Worldwide has taken a 51% stake in British scripted drama and feature film company Sid Gentle Films. The agreement follows a prior distribution relationship between the two companies, and includes an option for a phased increase in ownership by BBCWW in the coming years. The team have since produced titles such as The Durrells […]

BBCWW’s content chief Helen Jackson set for departure

The newly formed BBC Studios has revealed today that its BBC Worldwide content chief, Helen Jackson, will depart after 31 years, as it revealed a host of executive appointments for the newly merged business. Jackson, who led the BBC’s acquisition of a range of successful production companies, will remain at BBC Studios throughout 2018 and […]

BBCWW names de Graaff as commissioning head

BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) has handed Tobi de Graaff in a newly created role as director of commissioning and coproduction, with Nick Percy replacing him as executive vice president in Western Europe. De Graaff’s (pictured) role will be responsible for developing and executing commercial strategies for premium content. He will report to chief content officer Helen Jackson. The expanded remit […]

BBC Worldwide names indies chief

BBC Worldwide has upped Matt Garside to director of independent production, and he will now oversee its growing array of deals with indie producers. Garside has been promoted from head of strategy at Worldwide, the commercial arm of UK pubcaster the BBC. In his new role he will manage the existing deals Worldwide has with […]

BBCWW, Cohen form funding initiative

BBC Worldwide, Danny Cohen’s Access Entertainment and UK indie Lookout Point have created a premium drama funding initiative aimed at taking projects straight to series. The operation will be known as Benchmark Television. While it is not a production entity, it will commission projects from third-party producers and writing talent. BBCWW, the BBC’s commercial arm, […]

BBCWW ups stake in War and Peace prodco

BBC Worldwide now owns 49% of Lookout Point after buying up more of the War and Peace prodco. The commercial arm of the UK pubcaster also has an option to take full control of the producer as part of the new deal. Worldwide has been investing in indies, in turn securing it rights for the […]

BBC Worldwide invests in Glover, Raphael indie

BBC Worldwide has taken a stake in the new UK-based indie founded by former Channel 4 commissioner David Glover and ex-Dragonfly chief Mark Raphael. The BBC’s commercial arm has bought a 15% stake in 72 Films, and will rep international rights to all its programmes. This comes in the same week BBCWW took a 25% […]

Worldwide buys into literary agency, prodco

BBC Worldwide has bought 10% of Original Talent, the parent company of literary agency Curtis Brown and UK drama prodco Cuba Pictures. Worldwide, the commercial arm of UK pubcaster the BBC, has had a first-look deal with Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (pictured) producer Cuba since 2014. Cuba was set up as the TV production arm […]

BBCWW strikes Red Planet deal

BBC Worldwide has inked a development deal with Death in Paradise producer Red Planet Pictures. Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster the BBC, will provide development funding and marketing and support in return for an exclusive first-look at all Red Planet projects. “Red Planet Pictures has become synonymous with producing ratings-winning, ambitious and […]