BBC Worldwide

Keshet International acquires BBC Worldwide stake in production outfit

Keshet International (KI) has acquired a majority stake in UK indies production group Greenbird Media. The deal buys BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) out of the business, and will see KI become the distributor of content from all of the 13 indies London-based Greenbird supports. These companies include Big Light Productions, Flicker Pictures, Kalel Productions and Top […]

BBCWW signs 2200 hours for first Chinese telco deal

BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) has signed a deal with Migu Video, China Mobile’s video platform that will see more than 2200 hours of BBC content from across factual, lifestyle and pre-school genres. The deal with Migu Video marks BBCWW’s first deal with a Chinese telco. Migu was set up in 2014 and claims to have access […]

Viacom hires ex-Myspace and BBC Worldwide execs

Viacom International Media Networks has hired a former Myspace exec, Chris Ellis, to become its Australasian commercial chief, and an ex-BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) sales manager, Robyn Campbell. Ellis, who is also a former managing director of digital at newspaper group Trinity Mirror in the UK, is considered a media industry veteran, and joins alongside new […]

BBCWW’s content chief Helen Jackson set for departure

The newly formed BBC Studios has revealed today that its BBC Worldwide content chief, Helen Jackson, will depart after 31 years, as it revealed a host of executive appointments for the newly merged business. Jackson, who led the BBC’s acquisition of a range of successful production companies, will remain at BBC Studios throughout 2018 and […]

UKTV CEO claims originals strategy success

The CEO of British multichannel broadcaster UKTV, Darren Childs, has claimed investment in original programming is driving big gains in both on-demand and linear viewing. The BBC Worldwide- and Scripps Networks Interactive-owned company noted that eight out of its top ten performing shows in 2017 were originals. Childs singled out entertainment format Taskmaster, which plays on free […]

BBC merges Studios and Worldwide

UK public broadcaster the BBC is merging its production arm, BBC Studios, and commercial division BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) into one entity. The BBC claims the move to plump for one commercial brand – BBC Studios – will bring it “into line with the rest of the industry” in an “increasingly competitive and global market for […]

BBC reportedly looking at £500m UKTV/Scripps buyout

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, is considering a £500 million (€557 million) bid to take full control of UKTV, currently a joint venture with Scripps Networks Interactive. BBCWW is talking with advisers about borrowing millions of pounds from private investors to buy Scripps out from its half, according to the Daily Telegraph. […]

Ex-BBCWW chief to explore investments for Edge

Former BBC Worldwide CEO John Smith will explore investment opportunities for UK-based firm Edge. Smith will work with Edge Investments chief executive David Glick and his team of managers to unearth and jointlyback creative companies. Smith exited the BBC’s commercial arm in October 2012 as Tim Davie stepped up the replace him. He joined fashion […]

BBC Worldwide moves away from originals strategy

BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) will move away from commissioning originals for its BBC Earth and BBC Brit channels, leaving two commissioners redundant. The channels will newly focus on airing BBCWW distributed series and local formats, as first reported by Deadline. As part of the new strategy, commissioning editors Hannah Demidowicz and Kirsty Hanson will no longer […]

BBC Brit goes high-definition on DStv

BBC Worldwide’s flagship entertainment channel, BBC Brit, will become available in HD on DStv channel 120 from October 5. The BBC’s commercial arm announced that DStv Compact, Compact Plus and Premium customers will be able to access the high definition feed of the channel on this date. From October 8, DStv Premium customers will also […]

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