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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 […]

BBCWW backs Alex Graham, Michael Jackson firm

BBC Worldwide has bought a minority stake in Two Cities Television, a new drama indie that Alex Graham and Michael Jackson have established. The commercial arm of the UK pubcaster will gain global distribution rights across platforms for all Two Cities-produced shows over a five-year period in return. UK trade Broadcast broke the news this […]

BBC, Weinstein to adapt Les Misérables

UK pubcaster BBC One and US-based Weinstein Television are working up a television version of classic novel Les Misérables. War and Peace scribe Andrew Davies will adapt the property as a six-part drama, with the BBC’s production arm, BBC Studios and Lookout Point coproducing in association with The Weinstein Company’s TV arm. The BBC’s commercial […]

BBC poaches Channel 4 drama chief

Channel 4’s drama chief Piers Wenger is leaving the UK broadcaster to join the territory’s pubcaster, the BBC. Wenger (pictured) has beaten off competition to land the role of controller, BBC drama commissioning, which is th most high-profile position in British sciripted television. He begins this autumn. In turn, Channel 4 has promoted deputy head […]

Show of the week: The Collection

The Collection is on-trend, with big-ticket period dramas such as Versailles, War and Peace and Deutschland 83 remaining in vogue. This upcoming eight-parter is literally in fashion: it tells the story of an illustrious design house emerging from a re-energised Paris in the immediate aftermath of World War II. Murderland scribe Kate Croft has a […]

War and Peace breaks out in Russia

Broadcasters in twelve territories, including one in Russia, have acquired local rights to War and Peace, the BBC’s television version of Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece novel. Significantly, Russia’s Channel One has acquired the series. Author Tolstoy was a key literary and political figure in 19th century Russia. China’s LeEco, Taiwan’s ELTA, India’s Vuclip, South Korea’s KBS […]

Amazon, BBCWW coproduce fashion drama

Amazon Prime Instant Video and BBC Worldwide have greenlit an eight-part fashion-themed drama from UK indie Lookout Point. The Collection is set in the world of French haute couture just after the Second World War, and will launch exclusively in 2016 for Amazon Prime members in the UK. This marks the first time Amazon has […]

BBC Wales drama chief to join War & Peace prodco

BBC Wales head of drama Faith Penhale (pictured) will join the prodco behind upcoming drama War & Peace, Lookout Point, as joint CEO. Starting in February 2016, she will work alongside Lookout Point founder and co-chief executive Simon Vaughan to develop the firm’s original drama slate. She currently oversees the BBC Drama department behind shows […]

BBC Wales drama chief to join War & Peace prodco

BBC Wales head of drama Faith Penhale (pictured) will join the prodco behind upcoming drama War & Peace, Lookout Point, as joint CEO. Starting in February 2016, she will work alongside Lookout Point founder and co-chief executive Simon Vaughan to develop the firm’s original drama slate. She currently oversees the BBC Drama department behind shows […]