BBC Eyes Production Opportunities In China After $1.9B Merger With BBC Worldwide Is Completed

The BBC is to make a renewed push into China after merging its production and distribution divisions. Today is the first working day for BBC Studios, the $1.9B division that incorporates its eponymous production arm and international unit BBC Worldwide.
It is looking to develop new production opportunities in Beijing with the hire of Matthew Springford to lead the charge. Springford, who was formerly an executive producer at BBC Studios based in Glasgow, will move to the…

The BBC is to make a renewed push into China after merging its production and distribution divisions. Today is the first working day for BBC Studios, the $1.9B division that incorporates its eponymous production arm and international unit BBC Worldwide. It is looking to develop new production opportunities in Beijing with the hire of Matthew Springford to lead the charge. Springford, who was formerly an executive producer at BBC Studios based in Glasgow, will move to the…

Men Earn 18.9% More Than Women At BBC Worldwide Following Gender Pay Audit

The gender pay gap in British television continues to emerge after BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British public broadcaster, revealed that men earn 18.9% more than women across the organization.
The mean figure is more than the national mean average of 17.4%, while its median gender pay gap of 16.9% is also less than the 18.4% national average. It also found that there was a gender bonus gap of 33.9% on a mean basis and a 21.7% gap on a median basis, despite…

The gender pay gap in British television continues to emerge after BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British public broadcaster, revealed that men earn 18.9% more than women across the organization. The mean figure is more than the national mean average of 17.4%, while its median gender pay gap of 16.9% is also less than the 18.4% national average. It also found that there was a gender bonus gap of 33.9% on a mean basis and a 21.7% gap on a median basis, despite…

Emma Thompson Sets Up Long-Lost Hollywood Script ‘Harrow’s Alley’ With Bad Wolf

EXCLUSIVE: One of Hollywood’s long-lost scripts, period horror thriller Harrow’s Alley, could finally see the light of day after British actor and writer Emma Thompson partnered with His Dark Materials producer Bad Wolf to develop it for the small screen. The project is set up at HBO, sources said. 
The original script was written by Walter Newman, who was nominated for three Oscars, 1951’s Ace In The Hole, 1965’s Cat Ballou and 1978’s Bloodbrothers, in the 1960s but…

EXCLUSIVE: One of Hollywood's long-lost scripts, period horror thriller Harrow's Alley, could finally see the light of day after British actor and writer Emma Thompson partnered with His Dark Materials producer Bad Wolf to develop it for the small screen. The project is set up at HBO, sources said.  The original script was written by Walter Newman, who was nominated for three Oscars, 1951's Ace In The Hole, 1965's Cat Ballou and 1978's Bloodbrothers, in the 1960s but…

Simon Fuller on ‘Serengeti,’ His ‘Genre-Busting’ Move into Wildlife TV

Simon Fuller is best known as a pop Svengali and as the creator of global TV hit “Idol.” But he’s striking a different note with “Serengeti,” his move into wildlife TV. “I didn’t set out to change the wildlife genre, but big ideas connecting to an audience and telling stories in different ways can become […]

Simon Fuller is best known as a pop Svengali and as the creator of global TV hit “Idol.” But he’s striking a different note with “Serengeti,” his move into wildlife TV. “I didn’t set out to change the wildlife genre, but big ideas connecting to an audience and telling stories in different ways can become […]

PBS Volcano Doc; ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Heads To Spain; Mip Drama; EC Illegal Content Crackdown – Global Briefs

PBS has ordered a big-budget volcano documentary from True To Nature, the British production company founded by the former head of the BBC’s Natural History Unit Wendy Darke. The U.S. public broadcaster has commissioned Volcano 24, which Darke will co-produce with the factual division of Germany’s ZDF Enterprises. The one-off doc, which will also air on ZDF and France’s Arte, will will follow a day in the life of the people and animals that live alongside Earth’s active…

PBS has ordered a big-budget volcano documentary from True To Nature, the British production company founded by the former head of the BBC's Natural History Unit Wendy Darke. The U.S. public broadcaster has commissioned Volcano 24, which Darke will co-produce with the factual division of Germany's ZDF Enterprises. The one-off doc, which will also air on ZDF and France's Arte, will will follow a day in the life of the people and animals that live alongside Earth's active…

BBC Worldwide To Sell ‘Weinstein: The Inside Story in the UK’ Doc Around The World

Harvey Weinstein‘s problems are set to be shared around the world after BBC Worldwide signed up to shop BBC/PBS co-pro Weinstein: The Inside Story in the UK to global broadcasters.
The distributor is kicking off international sales for the one-off documentary, which is set to air on BBC One on March 1 at 9pm before airing on the U.S. public broadcaster, as part of its Frontline strand, later this spring. The commercial arm of the BBC has an output deal with the…

Harvey Weinstein's problems are set to be shared around the world after BBC Worldwide signed up to shop BBC/PBS co-pro Weinstein: The Inside Story in the UK to global broadcasters. The distributor is kicking off international sales for the one-off documentary, which is set to air on BBC One on March 1 at 9pm before airing on the U.S. public broadcaster, as part of its Frontline strand, later this spring. The commercial arm of the BBC has an output deal with the…

Britbox Scores 250K Subscribers Just Under A Year After Launch

BritBox, the U.S. streaming service operated by British commercial broadcaster ITV and BBC Worldwide, has reached 250,000 subscribers just under a year after launch.
The digital platform has posted its first subscriber numbers days after its launch in Canada. It comes as the service doubled the number of hours it offers to subscribers to over 3,600 hours of British programming. The company plans to increase the amount of original and acquired programming by 50% over the…

BritBox, the U.S. streaming service operated by British commercial broadcaster ITV and BBC Worldwide, has reached 250,000 subscribers just under a year after launch. The digital platform has posted its first subscriber numbers days after its launch in Canada. It comes as the service doubled the number of hours it offers to subscribers to over 3,600 hours of British programming. The company plans to increase the amount of original and acquired programming by 50% over the…