World Productions


BBC Studios names ‘Bodyguard’ exec to head drama for production arm

BBC Studios (BBCS) has appointed Bodyguard producer Priscilla Parish to lead the drama division at its production arm. Parish, who becomes head of drama for BBCS Production, will report to director of content Ralph Lee and will be responsible for the creative strategy and development for BBCS drama series and serials, daytime drama and factual […]

ITVS GE sends ‘Bodyguard’ to China

Bodyguard is heading to China. ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) has sold mainland Chinese broadcasting rights to the hit drama to Huanxi Media Group Limited, which will stream the title on huanxi.com. The platform provides domestic and international films as well as scripted TV drama. Bodyguard was created and written by Line Of Duty […]

Netflix picks up BBC1 thriller Bodyguard

Netflix has picked up World Productions’ BBC1 drama Bodyguard. The streaming giant, which boarded the Richard Madden-fronted thriller at script stage, will release the drama around the world, except for the UK, Ireland and China, following a deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment. The drama, which is created and written by Jed Mercurio, follows a […]

BritBox squares up to rivals with Bletchley Circle original drama

Best-of-British SVOD service BritBox has commissioned its first original drama, a spin-off of ITV drama The Bletchley Circle. The US service has pooled together with UK broadcaster ITV, which is one of its investors, on The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco. This marks BritBox out as the latest SVOD player to get in on the original […]

Expectation scours World for drama chief

Start-up prodco Expectation Entertainment continues to build up its ranks, this time hiring a World Productions exec to become its creative director for drama. Kirstie Macdonald has joined the London-based producer, which former ITV chief Peter Fincham and ex-Endemol Shine Group president Tim Hincks launched last year. Macdonald is the latest to join the well […]

ITV buys Line of Duty prodco

UK broadcaster ITV has acquired Line of Duty producer World Productions. World CEO Roger Charteris is stepping down as a result, with creative director Simon Heath the new chief exec and managing director Roderick Seligman continuing to oversee day-to-day management. ITV will take rights to all new World-produced series going forwards. Significantly, Content Television will […]

Sky orders drama from Walking Dead star

UK satellite channel Sky Atlantic has commissioned an original production by Line of Duty and The Walking Dead actor Lennie James. James (pictured in The Walking Dead) has written and created drama Gone, which will be directed by Nick Murphy (The Last Kingdom) and produced by UK-based Line of Duty prodco World Productions. Set on an East […]

Acorn buys presale of BBC’s Secret Agent

The US’s Acorn has prebought BBC drama The Secret Agent from UK-based distributor Content Television. RLJ Entertainment-owned Acorn has picked up all television, digital and home entertainment rights to the 4x45mins series, which comes from Line of Duty producer World Productions. The show will debut later this year on BBC One in the UK before […]

Shine scores Code of a Killer, Rome rights

Shine International has acquired rights to a pair of series from UK broadcasters. From ITV is the upcoming World Productions drama Code of a Killer, which is based on a true story. It follows David Threlfall as a 1980s detective solving a double murder as the discovery of DNA fingerprinting is unearthed nearby. From Channel […]

PBS orders more Bletchley Circle, hails UK drama success

PBS has picked up the second series of period drama The Bletchley Circle. The US broadcaster said it will air the second four-part season of the show in a Sunday night slot, starting next spring. The series follows a group of women who worked in the intelligence service during WW2, and then afterwards got together […]