Paul Dempsey


US sales drive UK TV exports growth

Revenue from UK TV exports swung back to growth last year with sales to the US accounting for the biggest proportion of sales and the largest increase year-on-year. Distribution revenues had slipped 0.6% in 2014/15, but sprung back to positive territory in 2015/16, with the £1.3 billion (US$1.4 billion) total up 10% year on year. […]

TBI Factual: Year in Review

If scripted TV dominates the headlines at the moment, 2016 served up a few factual blockbusters. Genre-bending National Geographic series Mars married golden age scripted TV with documentary, Making a Murderer became watercooler (internet) TV and reinvigorated the true crime genre, and Leonardo DiCaprio brought some A-list movie star power to feature docs.   Planet […]

TBI DISTRIBUTOR SURVEY 2016: Market growth?

Having drilled into the kids and scripted businesses in depth in previous surveys, TBI has reached out to distributors around the world to tap into the issues impacting their business. In part two of our 2016 survey, we reveal what global distributors think are the crucial programming markets, or whether they are cutting down on […]

BBC Worldwide launches Asia SVOD service

BBC Worldwide is launching a multi-genre SVOD platform in Singapore this year, with plans to expand it further in the offing. BBC Player will offer subscribers of the StarHub TV platform access premium network BBC First and factual entertainment-focused BBC Brit, and select shows from BBC Earth, BBC Lifestyle, CBeebies and BBC World News. The […]

BBC Worldwide rejigs Europe team, ups Percy

BBC Worldwide has rejigged its European operation, handing Tobi de Graaff a wider role and bringing in Nick Percy to head a new northern Europe unit. Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster the BBC, said the changes are part of increased investment in the western Europe sales team. Nick Percy (left) becomes executive […]

BBC Worldwide creates Nordic base

BBC Worldwide is setting up a Nordic-specific production operation based in Denmark and has brought an exec over from Nordisk Film TV to run the division. The commercial arm of the UK pubcaster will fully own BBC Worldwide Productions Nordics. The new unit has partnered with Banijay’s Nordisk, which will make any BBCWW formats locally […]

BBC taking Top Gear’s Chris Evans to Cannes

BBC Worldwide is taking Chris Evans to MIPCOM next month to promote the new season of Top Gear, which he will host. Top Gear is one of Worldwide’s biggest shows, selling around the world as a finished programme and a format. Evans, a well-known TV and radio presenter in the UK, will head a new […]

Sony-branded BBC Earth net launches in India

BBC Worldwide has teamed with Sony subsidiary Multi Screen Media India to launch its premium factual channel BBC Earth in the country. The Indian version of the channel will be called Sony BBC Earth and be an HD offering going available in Tamil, English and Hindi across India. MSM will be the majority partner in […]

Triple channel launch for Worldwide in Africa

BBC Worldwide is launching its three fledgling channel brands in Africa for the first time with a launch on DStv in South Africa. Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster, has revamped its channels offering across three core brands: fact-ent service BBC Brit, factual offering BBC Earth and premium drama service BBC First. The DStv […]

Gordon replaces Medina at BBC Worldwide

Anna Gordon has stepped up to the executive VP post at BBC Worldwide Latin America following incumbent Fred Medina’s resignation in April. Gordon has most recently been based at BBCWW’s London headquarters, where she was project lead on the roll-out global OTT and sales director, global markets (non-English-speaking). She relocates to Miami to oversee all […]