War and Peace

BBC launching drama channel in Middle East

BBC Worldwide has struck a deal with OSN and will roll out its drama channel in the Middle East and North Africa region on the regional pay TV platform. BBC First is one of Worldwide’s key channel brands after it rejigged its offering last year, and has already rolled out in Australia and parts of […]

B’casters experience War and Peace with BBCWW

Broadcasters around the world have prebought BBC Worldwide’s new MIPCOM drama launch War and Peace. Estonia’s ETV, Greece’s OTE, Lithuania’s LNK, Israel’s YES and BBC First in Australia and the Benelux region have bought the show, which Sweden’s SVT and Denmark’s TV2 have already prebought. Co-distributor The Weinstein Company has also sold it to A+E […]

BBC to launch Netflix-style US platform

The BBC will next year launch an OTT subscription service akin to streaming giants Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video in the US. Tony Hall, director general of the UK’s pubcaster, said the move was part of plan to “try out businesses that go direct to the public”. The BBC Worldwide-operated service will offer Americans […]

Roots, Damien topline A+E slate

A reworking of classic ABC 1970s series Roots and an Omen TV spin-off are the highlights of A+E Networks’ new slate, unveiled in New York yesterday. The new Roots will run across A+E’s A&E, History and Lifetime channels, it said at its Upfront presentation to advertisers. A+E Networks and The Wolper Organization – the company that […]

BBC declares first War and Peace deal

BBC Worldwide has concluded its first presale for the upcoming big-budget adaptation of War and Peace. Swedish public broadcaster SVT has prebought the six-part drama, TBI understands. The news came midway through Showcase, the annual programming event organised by Worldwide, the commercial arm of UK pubcaster the BBC. The War and Peace series stars Paul […]

Tony Hall: BBC is value for money

BBC director general Tony Hall has argued that though the corporation has made mistakes in the past, it is delivering better value for money than 20 years ago, and said drama is “top of the priority list” in its current budget discussions. Delivering a speech at the Voice of the Listener & Viewer Conference in […]