Tim Davie

BBCWW buys into debuting Hincks, Fincham prodco

Expectation, the indie Peter Fincham and Tim Hincks created last year, has secured financial backing from BBC Worldwide and hired ex-Endemol Shine UK and Channel 4 execs for key creative posts. The BBC’s commercial arm have swooped for a 24.9% stake in the producer for an undisclosed amount, a deal that comes just before the […]

Virgin Media boss Mockridge to chair RTS

Pay TV veteran Tom Mockridge will chair the Royal Television Society board of trustees, replacing the outgoing John Hardie. The RTS said it is also looking for a new president to replace former Endemol exec Sir Peter Bazalgette, who is stepping down after six years at the helm. Mockridge currently runs Liberty Global’s UK cabler Virgin […]

Hall hails Worldwide, warns it must deliver more

Tony Hall claimed BBC Worldwide recorded a “very strong” performance through the year as the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster, the BBC, published its annual results. The Worldwide chairman and BBC director general added the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster will need to deliver 30% more back to the Corporation in light of […]

Former Shine finance chief heads to BBCWW

BBC Worldwide has hired former Shine CFO Tom Fussell as its new finance chief. He replaces Andrew Bott, whose departure for FremantleMedia was announced late last year, with Suzanne Burrows then covering his role on an interim basis. Fussell takes the CFO role at Worldwide, the commercial arm of UK pubcaster the BBC, from May […]

Profit down at BBC Worldwide post-AMC deal

Profit and revenue have declined at BBC Worldwide in the wake of the sale of a chunk of the BBC America cable channel. The absence of a chunk of revenue from BBC America, 49.9% of which was sold to AMC for US$200 million earlier this year, caused the year-on-year revenue and profit reverses the commercial arm of […]

New World Order

Following confirmation of the game-changing Shine Group-Endemol merger and the emergence of an increasingly more consolidated TV business landscape, Stewart Clarke and Jesse Whittock speak to influential executives about key changes the industry is undergoing.   Mergers, acquisition and consolidation are not a new phenomenon in the media and entertainment sector. The clue is in […]

BBC Store not due this year, says BBCWW boss

BBC Worldwide CEO Tim Davie said that the corporation’s download-to-own BBC Store, which was approved by the BBC Trust in February, will not launch before the end of the year. Speaking at the IBC TV tech conference on Saturday morning, Davie, who is the head of the BBC’s commercial arm, said that the store is […]

BBC Worldwide posts revenue drop as UK, US decline

BBC Worldwide’s overall revenue was down in 2013/2014, although headline profit inched up. The commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster published its annual report this morning, which revealed that by region, revenue and headline profit were down in the UK, US and Australasia, with increased sales in other parts of western Europe and the […]

TBI’s 2013 in review – part three

In the third part of a review of 2013, we look at the ever changing face of the industry – is that former rival now your partner in crime in your acquisitions department? TBI runs down all the major comings and goings from the past twelve months.   SURPRISE DEPARTURES AND TOP LEVEL CHANGES David […]

Doctor Who simulcast breaks broadcast records

The fiftieth anniversary episode of Doctor Who has entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest simulcast of a TV drama in history. The episode broadcast simultaneously in 94 territories yesterday and in more than 1,500 cinemas in UK, US, Canada, Latin America, Germany, Russia and Scandinavia. More than 500,000 tickets were sold […]