Tobi de Graaff


BBCWW names de Graaff as commissioning head

BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) has handed Tobi de Graaff in a newly created role as director of commissioning and coproduction, with Nick Percy replacing him as executive vice president in Western Europe. De Graaff’s (pictured) role will be responsible for developing and executing commercial strategies for premium content. He will report to chief content officer Helen Jackson. The expanded remit […]

BBC Worldwide poaches ITV sales exec

BBC Worldwide has hired Andre Renaud with the sales exec joining from ITV where he spent 12 years. At Worldwide Renaud will be vice president of sales for Italy and Iberia, a newly-created role at the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster. He starts in the new role in January, reporting to another former ITV […]

BBCWW hires for Germany, France

BBC Worldwide has recruited a new sales exec to cover French and German speaking territories. Adam Bishop comes to international TV from the FMCG sector where he was working for Procter & Gamble. In the newly-created role at the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster, in which he will run teams in London, Paris and […]

RTL’s Nitro buys new Top Gear

RTL has acquired the Top Gear reboot for its digital channel RTL Nitro. The deal sees the Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc version of car series move to the RTL net from Discovery’s DMax, which licensed the older Clarkson, May and Hammond-fronted seasons, with that channel still holding rights to that incarnation of the show. […]

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 […]

BBCWW secures detective series presales

BBC Worldwide has shopped upcoming detective drama Maigret to France 3, Germany’s ARD, Sweden’s TV4 and Denmark’s DR. The deals are the first the BBC’s commercial arm has brokered for the 2x120mins film miniseries, Maigret Sets a Trap and Maigret’s Dead Man. The films star Rowan Atkinson as legendary French detective Jules Maigret. “The Maigret […]

BBC Worldwide hires ex-ITV sales boss for Europe

BBC Worldwide has recruited Tobi de Graaff as executive VP of its Western Europe division. De Graaff (pictured) left ITV Studios earlier this year in the wake of a restructure. BBC Worldwide now organises its business along regional lines instead of separating it into channels, programme sales and other activities. De Graaf’s role see him […]

Canada’s W Network buys The Audience

Canadian specialty channel W Network has ordered a local version of Channel 4 format The Audience. The show is distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment, which brokered the Canadian deal. In the UK the show is produced by indie The Garden, which has a first-look deal with ITV. In Canada it will be made by […]