Paul Dempsey


BBC’s drama channel launching in Europe

BBC Worldwide is launching its drama channel BBC First in Europe for the first time, TBI understands. It will launch in the Netherlands next month and throughout the Benelux region soon after. First is programmed with high-end scripted programming from BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster, and third-party UK drama. It has […]

Worldwide strikes worldwide SVOD deals

BBC Worldwide has struck a raft of deals with digital platforms around the world, shopping 2,300 hours of its content to buyers including Tencent in China, Amazon in Germany and fledgling Israeli SVOD service from telco Cellcom. Cellcom has acquired a drama package including Sherlock, Orphan Black and Luther (pictured). Amazon has also picked up […]

BBC Worldwide notches sales as Showcase opens

BBC Worldwide has announced a raft of sales as its Showcase event gets underway in Liverpool, England. The commercial arm of the UK pubcaster flagged 700 hours of drama sales. Broadcasters in Western Europe accounted for 121 hours of the total with sales highlights including German pubcasterWDR buying a drama package including The Game, Happy […]

BBC Worldwide opens Lat Am base in Miami

BBC Worldwide has officially opened its regional Latin America headquarters in Coral Gables, Miami. Fred Medina, BBCWW’s executive VP and managing director for Latin America and US Hispanic, and BBCWW’s president of global markets PauL Dempsey yesterday hosted an inauguration event for more than 100 guests comprising media industry professionals, commercial partners and the Miami […]

Broadcasters buy into Beckham’s jungle trip

BBC Worldwide has sold its upcoming one-off doc David Beckham into the Unknown to a raft of broadcasters. The doc will go out on the BBC in the UK to coincide with the football World Cup, which kicks off next week. In the film, the celebrity and football star and three friends explore the Brazilian […]

Content crunch – the fight for rights

As the pace of consolidation quickens, competition for rights is fiercer than ever. Stewart Clarke talks to distributors about the changing face of the business and how, in the hyper competitive world of TV, they are gaining access to content. First-look deals, overall deals, development deals, output deals, umbrella deals and pod deals: all are […]

Turner poaches BBC Worldwide’s McDonough

Turner Broadcasting System has poached BBC Worldwide’s Ian McDonough to lead its new Northern Europe unit. The hire comes as BBCWW’s Asian boss Joyce Yeung (below right) becomes executive VP, global content sales and Western Europe chief David Weiland replacing her as EVP, Asia. McDonough (left) was BBCWW’s EVP, CEMA (Central Eastern Europe, Middle East […]

BBC Worldwide and CCTV agree copro deal

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of UK pubcaster the BBC, and Chinese state broadcaster CCTV have signed an agreement for new factual programming. A memorandum of understanding between Worldwide and CCTV factual channel CCTV-9 paves the way for at least two new major factual projects and sees the pair set up a new development hub […]

BBC Worldwide confirms international channel changes

The BBC’s commercial arm has confirmed its new premium content channel brand will be known as BBC First, ahead of the net’s first launch on Australian pay TV platform Foxtel next year and a major investment in new programming. BBC Worldwide CEO Tim Davie said the service would be launched on linear and non-linear platforms, […]

BBC Worldwide expands new sales team with in-house hire

The commercial arm of UK pubcaster the BBC has appointed a new director of global sales strategy, business development and planning. The move to bring in Anna Gordon is the latest step in the wide scale restructuring at BBCWW’s sales division, the initial stage of which saw distribution chief Steve Macallister exit and Paul Dempsey […]