BBC Studios

BBC Studios head Tim Davie appointed new director general

BBC Studios (BBCS) boss Tim Davie has been named director general of the BBC, replacing the outgoing Tony Hall. Hall took much of the UK industry by surprise in January when he revealed he would be exiting the BBC this summer, with chairman David Clementi working with headhunters to find a successor. Davie will take […]

BBC Studios names Sheard as CMO

The BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Studios, has named Nicki Sheard as chief marketing officer.    Sheard will be tasked with setting the global marketing strategy for the company and its brands and providing marketing leadership across the group. She will lead on commercial exploitation of BBC Studios’ franchise brand portfolio, which today includes brands such as Doctor Who, Top […]

Yandex acquires BBC Studios content for streaming service KinoPoisk

Russian tech giant Yandex has acquired an array of scripted series and kids shows for its streaming service KinoPoisk, as part of a “major output deal” with BBC Studios (BBCS). The multi-year agreement will see KinoPoisk exclusively offer more than 100 hours of BBCS programming each year, alongside additional content from a range of UK […]

UKTV names Michaelides as chief marketing and innovation officer

BBC Studios-owned multichannel broadcaster UKTV has named Simon Michaelides as its new chief marketing and innovation Officer (CMIO). In this newly created role at the broadcaster, he will replace chief marketing and communications officer, Zoë Clapp, who is leaving the company. Reporting to UKTV CEO Marcus Arthur, Michaelides will lead the marketing, consumer communications, social […]

UKTV’s CMO stepping down

UKTV chief marketing and communications officer Zoë Clapp is leave the UK channels outfit following its acquisition by BBC Studios last year.  UKTV said that Clapp, who joined the broadcaster in 2005, had overseen the outfit’s marketing, communications, creative, media, social and online times through a period that saw UKTV increase its share of viewing […]

MEASAT renews distribution deal with BBC Studios

MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd., (MEASAT), in partnership with Globecast, has announced a renewal of its contract with BBC Studios. This will see the company continue to distribute BBC channels across Asia via the MEASAT-3 satellite. The channels include nature-focused BBC Earth HD, preschool television from CBeebies HD, and BBC Lifestyle Asia – the broadcaster’s […]

BBC Studios creates new APAC regional business

BBC Studios has brought its Asia and Australia and New Zealand regions together to create a newly formed Asia-Pacific (APAC) regional business comprising its international sales and distribution business, under the leadership of Jon Penn, formerly managing director, Australia & New Zealand, BBC Studios.  The move follows the departure of Myleeta Aga, Acting EVP, Asia, […]

HBO Max secures Doctor Who and raft of BBC content

HBO Max has scooped up exclusive streaming rights to Doctor Who via a major licensing deal with BBC Studios. The WarnerMedia-owned platform has picked up exclusive streaming rights to the current season, along with 10 other seasons of the rebooted sci-fi show, which was re-launched on BBC One in 2005 after a 16-year absence. The programme, which […]

BBC Studios brings international sales and distribution businesses together

BBC Studios has brought its international sales and distribution business, encompassing content sales, branded services and ancillaries, together into a single global distribution group with Paul Dempsey taking the role of president, global distribution. Dempsey joined BBC Worldwide in 1998 and has held a number of senior positions including interim CEO, managing director, consumer products […]

Netflix hires BBC Studios CMO as marketing chief

Netflix has hired BBC Studios’ chief marketing officer Jackie Lee-Joe as its CMO. The Australian exec, who has served as CMO for BBC Studios since 2015, will take over from Kelly Bennett, who is retiring this year after seven years with the streaming giant. The London-based executive, who has been appointed after a four-month search […]