Sumi Connock

For My Next Trick: BBC Studios’ Sumi Connock

TBI has marked International Women’s Day (8 March) all week with its ‘For My Next Trick’ series, which finds a group of industry-leading women across production, commissioning and distribution reflecting on the advice that has shaped their career; innovation in their respective fields; diversity in TV; and the legacy of the #MeToo movement. We continue […]

BBCWW hires NBCU formats exec as exec producer

BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) has hired NBCUniversal (NBCU)’s Anaïs Baker as executive producer for fact ent, entertainment and formats. This comes as part of a push to produce more factual entertainment and entertainment format. Baker, who joins this month, will report to Tracy Forsyth, BBCWW’s genre director for fact ent, entertainment and formats. The new exec […]

Exclusive: BBCWW sells You’re Back in the Room to Poland & Portugal

At its annual Showcase event in Liverpool, BBC Worldwide has revealed that the format license for You’re Back in the Room, a Tuesday’s Child title, has been sold to Poland and Portugal. The local versions of the gameshow will be available to Polish and Portugese audiences from Spring 2018. You’re Back in the Room sees […]

Who to meet in Cannes: Sumi Connock, BBC Worldwide

Name: Sumi Connock; Company: BBC Worldwide Sumi Connock was just days into her new role at BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) when TBI interviewed her at the BBC commercial division’s Liverpool Showcase event in February. Now bedded in with a clear sense of the mammoth BBCWW formats library, the former ITV unscripted creative chief is heading to […]

BBC’s Doctor Foster gets a Russian makeover

BBC Worldwide (BBCWW)’s Doctor Foster is set for a Russian remake following the sale of the scripted format. BBCWW has licensed the shpw to prolific production company Star Media for broadcast on Russia 1 next year. The 8×60 series is yet to be titled in Russia. Acclaimed Russian Actress Kseniay Rappoport (pictured) will take the lead […]

BBCWW hires ex-ITVS formats director

Former ITV formats exec Sumi Connock has joined BBC Worldwide as its global head of formats. As creative director of formats at the commercial arm of the BBC, Connock is charged with working up the formats catalogue and reimagining existing formats for modern viewers. She will also work with Worldwide’s regional team to identify acquisition […]

ITV Studios shakes up entertainment team

ITV Studios has upped Tom McLennan to director of entertainment, North, handing him a new role covering the responsibilities of Sumi Connock, who is leaving the company. The content arm of UK broadcaster ITV has also hired Gail Harman from indie prodco Tuesday’s Child, and Martin Lau, who joins from Tellycopter, the NBCUniversal development unit […]

ITV conjures up new magic show, ITVS GE to distribute

UK broadcaster ITV2 has commissioned Tricked, a new hidden camera show in which magicians fool celebrities and members of the public. The 6x60mins series will see a mystery magician pulling off tricks and stunts such as surviving a 10-storey fall and restoring a shopper’s chopped up credit card. ITV’s content arm ITV Studios will produce […]