BBC Worldwide profits up 40%
Commercial division achieves record profits of $200 milLONDON -- The BBC's commercial division BBC Worldwide looks set for a record year with profits in the region of £140 million ($201 million) in 2009/10, according to BBC director general Mark Thompson.
Driven by format hits like "Top Gear" and "Strictly Come Dancing," a burgeoning global channels business and global TV hits like "Doctor Who," Worldwide's profits are up almost 40% on last year.
The division, which operates BBC America and produces "Dancing With the Stars" recently hired AMC drama executive Vlad Wolynetz to work with L.A.-based Jane Tranter to build up its drama production business stateside.
Thompson talked up Worldwide's performance while delivering a speech at Chatham House, ahead of full publication of the division's results at the beginning of July.
Reps for the BBC said Thompson was giving "indicative figures."