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BBC Studios Acquires Full Ownership of Producer Firebird Pictures

BBC Studios, the commercial arm of U.K. public broadcaster BBC, has taken full ownership of Firebird Pictures, the scripted production company set up by former BBC executives Elizabeth Kilgarriff and Craig Holleworth in 2019. BBC Studios previously held a 25 percent stake in the company and has now increased its investment to buy the rest […]

BBC Drama Exec Ben Irving Joins ‘Severance’ Producer Fifth Season

Fifth Season, the production and sales outfit formerly known as Endeavor Content, has named Ben Irving to the newly created position of creative director, UK Television. Irving, currently acting director of drama at the BBC, will shift over to Fifth Season in November. Fifth Season, hot off the success of its Emmy-winning Apple TV+ series […]

An Interview With BBC Studios CEO Tom Fussell: From Streaming Dealmaking to Production Investments

BBC Studios, the commercial arm of U.K. public broadcaster BBC, touted strong business momentum in its annual report on Tuesday, including record full-year revenue and earnings, as well as a 56 percent increase in production sales. The company lauded “a very healthy year” for its TV channels group saying: “Content sales were strong at over […]

BBC Studios Posts Record Annual Financials as Production Sales Jump 56 Percent

BBC Studios, the U.K. public broadcaster’s commercial arm, reported record full-year financials, including its highest-ever revenue and earnings, on Tuesday, saying this “positions the business well for future growth.” The company unveiled key strategic and financial performance data for the fiscal year 2021/2022, with overall revenue, or sales, reaching £1.630 billion ($1.93 billion), up 30 […]

French TV Group Newen Plans English-Language Push, Hires Former BBC Studios Exec for U.K. and North America Sales

Newen Connect, the distribution arm of French broadcaster TF1-controlled TV company Newen Group (Versailles), has hired former Mercury Studios and BBC Studios executive Phil Sequeira to head up its burgeoning sales operations across the U.K. and North America as senior vp, distribution amid a planned push by the firm into English-language content. “The appointment underpins […]

Lionsgate, Paramount+ Ink Deal for ‘Ghosts’ Comedy Series

Lionsgate has sealed an exclusive subscription video-on-demand deal for Ghosts, the CBS comedy based on a British series of the same name. Ghosts is produced by Lionsgate Television, BBC Studios Los Angeles Productions and CBS Studios. So there’s little surprise in Lionsgate partnering with Paramount Global and its streaming service Paramount+ on the U.S. SVOD […]

BBC, ITV and All3Media Stop Licensing Content to Russia

BBC Studios, All3Media and ITV Studios have stopped doing business with Russia in protest of President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine last week. All three of Europe’s largest television companies, which together represent hundreds of hours of television programming, have decided to stop licensing shows to Russian customers in light of the ongoing war in […]

BBC Studios Ups Rebecca Glashow to CEO of Global Distribution

BBC Studios has elevated Rebecca Glashow to CEO of global distribution, overseeing content sales, direct to consumer services, international channels, co-productions and licensing (outside of the U.K. and Ireland) for the BBC’s commercial subsidiary. Glashow, who had been president of BBC Studios Americas, will also join BBC Studio’s executive committee. The BBC (which turns 100 […]

BBC Studios Buys Full Control of ‘Brexit: The Uncivil War’ Producer House

BBC Studios has taken full control of U.K. television outfit House Productions, acquiring the final 25 percent of the company, run by Tessa Ross and Juliette Howell. House Productions is behind the limited series Brexit: The Uncivil War and upcoming BBC mini-series Sherwood. The deal, which BBC Studios unveiled on Tuesday, follows similar takeover moves […]

BBC Studios Sets Heist Series ‘Reclaim’ Under New Development Deal With Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife

BBC Studios Drama Productions, a unit of British public broadcaster BBC’s commercial arm, has struck a development partnership with Nigerian TV pioneer Mosunmola “Mo” Abudu, founder and CEO of EbonyLife Media. The deal, brokered by CAA, will see BBC Studios Drama Productions develop six-part action-adventure series Reclaim with EbonyLife. Written by BAFTA Breakthrough Brit Rowan […]

Tom Fussell Named CEO of BBC Studios

BBC Studios, the production and sales arm of the BBC, has a new — official — boss. In a move that was widely expected, Tom Fussell, who has been interim CEO since September 2020 when then-head Tim Davie was appointed to the top BBC role of director general, has now been formally appointed BBC Studios boss. As […]

BBC Studios, Malaysia’s Astro Expand Partnership

BBC Studios is expanding its relationship with Malaysia’s pay TV giant Astro with the launch of linear channels BBC Earth and BBC Lifestyle together with on-demand channels BBC First and BBC Brit. Astro made BBC Earth and BBC Lifestyle available from Sept. 15, with BBC First and BBC Brit launching Oct. 15. BBC Earth is […]