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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 […]

BBC Worldwide hires royalties collection specialist

BBC Worldwide has hired royalties collection specialist 560 Media to collect rights revenue on its behalf. Under the terms of the deal, 560 Media will administer the BBC commercial outfit’s total global secondary collections, including those for the US and Canada. 560 Media will manage the collection of the international revenues accrued through the secondary […]

Ex-BBCWW North America president named CEO of Mitú

Herb Scannell, ex-president of BBC Worldwide North America has been named the new CEO of Mitú, a digital media brand for Latino millennials. Scannell who was also formerly president of Nickelodeon and the CEO and co-founder of Next New Networks, will assume the position immediately and will be based at Mitú’s headquarters in LA. He […]

BBC Earth launching in Greece

BBC Worldwide is launching its BBC Earth channel in Greece on OTE Group-owned pay TV service Cosmote TV. The channel will be available from the beginning of October via all Cosmote TV packages, and will also be available via the Cosmote TV Go TV everywhere service and the Cosmote Replay TV catch-up offering. The launch […]

McDonough takes charge of Forbidden Technologies

Cloud video software-as-a-service specialist Forbidden Technologies has named former Turner northern Europe chief and BBC Worldwide executive Ian McDonough as its new CEO. McDonough will be charged with driving AIM-quoted Forbidden’s commercial growth and the continued development of its cloud video platform and related applications. The company specialises in technology that brings video production in […]

Britbox launches on Amazon Channels in the US

BBC Worldwide and ITV’s US subscription video-on-demand service, Britbox, is now available via Amazon’s Channels service. Amazon Prime members in the US can subscribe to BritBox for US$6.99 per month to gain access to the service’s line-up of British TV programmes. “The initial rollout of BritBox earlier this year was met with a great response […]

BBCWW inks first children’s deal with Amazon

BBC Worldwide has acquired its first multi-year children’s licensing deal with SVOD service Amazon Prime Video in the UK and Ireland. The deal will give subscribers in the region access to a raft of children’s TV series from CBeebies and CBBC, including Hey Duggee, Go Jetters, Sarah & Duck, Charlie & Lola and Gigglebiz as […]

BBCWW names new Western Europe chief

BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) has named Nick Percy as executive vice president in Western Europe. Percy replaces Tobi de Graaff, who has been given a newly created role as director of commissioning and coproduction. Percy will take over de Graaff’s former role on September 1 at BBCWW’s London office. The role will have him oversee all of the […]

BBCWW upbeat despite drop in cash returns

The BBC’s commercial arm reported a year-on-year increase in sales and profits, but cash returns to the corporation fell for the third consecutive year. Announcing results for the year ending March 31, 2017, BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) said that headline sales were up 3.0% to £1.06 billion (€1.2 billion) and headline profit was up 17.6% to […]