BBC Studios

BBC’s distribution is going through ‘radical change’

BBC Studios CEO Tim Davie said that the company’s distribution business is going through a “radical change” during a MIPCOM keynote, where he explained the decision behind bringing the BBC’s production and distribution arm together earlier this year. Davie noted during the conference that the aim of the merger is to bring British, high-end, editorialised […]

BBC and China’s Tencent to launch BBC Earth fan community

The BBC’s content arm, BBC Studios, has partnered with Chinese internet services provider Tencent to launch a new BBC Earth fan community called BBC Earth Tribe. The BBC Earth Tribe site is due to go live this evening in China and will offer more than 650 hours of BBC Studios’ natural history and documentary programmes, […]

BBC Studios aims for Middle East expansion with BeIN Media deal

BBC Studios is set to develop its partnership with Doha-based beIN Media Group by signing a memo of understanding that establishes a strategic partnership between the two companies, “to explore opportunities for the co-development, co-production and distribution of content in Qatar, the Middle East and Turkey.” The partnership will run for three years from this […]

Unified BBC Studios turns to China for growth

BBC Studios, which has officially merged its production and commercial arms today, is looking for production opportunities in China. Executive producer and factual program veteran Matthew Springford will be based in its Beijing offices and work with Chinese broadcasters and digital platforms to co-develop and co-produce original content and new formats across factual genres. This […]

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 […]

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 set to name new chairman

UK public broadcaster the BBC is nearing the appointment of a new chairman. Former Bank of England and Virgin Money deputy governor David Clementi has been recommended for the post by an Department of Culture, Media and Sport panel, according to various reports. The hire will need approval from UK prime minister Theresa May. She […]

BBC Studios’ religious programming boss leaves in rejig

The BBC’s long-serving religious programming chief, Aaqil Ahmed, as the UK’s public broadcaster restructures its unscripted production division. Ahmed is leaving BBC Studios role as his division, BBC Religion and Ethics, becomes part of new BBC unit Factual Scotland. Another long-serving BBC factual exec, Mark Hedgecoe has been named as head of Factual Scotland, which […]

BBC Studios to cut 300 jobs in ‘reshaping’

The BBC’s production arm will do away with 300 jobs to “ensure it is the right shape for the future”, the pubcaster said this morning. BBC Studios has been evaluating its next steps after new plans emerged that would remove assurances that 50% of all BBC programmes are made in-house, with the unit set to […]

BBC expected to name production chief

The BBC is expected to formally appoint Mark Linsey the boss of its new in-house production unit BBC Studios later today. Linsey will fill the role vacated by the outgoing Peter Salmon, whose surprise exit and move to Endemol Shine was announced at the start of the month. BBC Studios and its 2,000 staff is responsible for […]