26 September 2018


BBC Studios' Dynasties leads the pack with pre-sales across six continents


Landmark Natural History series premieres at MIPCOM 2018

BBC Studios today announces pre-sales of the Natural History Unit’s stunning new landmark series, Dynasties, to broadcasters around the globe. The five-parter, presented by Sir David Attenborough, has been pre-sold to over 13 countries and will be given a global premiere at Mipcom 2018 on Monday, 15th October (09.00 – 10.15, Auditorium K, Palais).


The pre-sales for Dynasties range from Germany (WDR), New Zealand (TVNZ), Canada (Blue Ant Media), Latin America (Discovery), Spain (Telefonica), Belgium (VRT), Netherlands (NPO), Sweden (SVT), Denmark (DR) and Iceland (RUV) to the Czech Republic (FTV Prima and Ceska Televize), Estonia (ETV) and Georgia (Edemi). Co-production partners are BBC America and France Télévisions. Sony BBC Earth in India and BBC Earth channels across Africa, Nordics, Asia, MEDME, Poland and CEE will also be premiering the series.


Paul Dempsey, President Global Markets for BBC Studios, commented: “Following the huge global success of Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II, Dynasties is generating a lot of excitement in the market. Once again the Natural History Unit has surpassed itself with an incredibly intimate and affecting portrait of some of the most celebrated and endangered species on earth.”


Produced over four years in glorious locations around the globe, this new series is a unique perspective on the animal world, showing viewers five of the world’s most celebrated but endangered animals, as they do whatever it takes to survive and protect the next generation. Introducing the much anticipated Dynasties at the Cannes premiere will be Mike Gunton, Executive Producer and Rupert Barrington, Series Producer.


As well as Dynasties, key Factual titles available at Mipcom distributed by BBC Studios are Serengeti (w/t), a pioneering series following the interconnected stories of a cast of iconic savannah animals over one year, and Earth’s Great Rivers, which reveals the astonishing wildlife and breath-taking landscapes of three legendary waterways from source to mouth.


BBC Studios CEO, Tim Davie, will give a keynote address at MIPCOM 2018 on Monday 15th October at 16:15.


BBC Studios stand - P3.B38. Palais Level 3




28 August 2018


BBC Studios to launch all-new series of Doctor Who in Africa at first ever Comic Con Africa


BBC Studios in Africa announced today that it will be hosting a special Doctor Who experience for the series’ regional launch at Africa’s first ever Comic Con next month, in partnership with Showmax. From 14th to 16th September 2018, Whovians and new fans from across the continent can come to Johannesburg and celebrate the return of one of the BBC’s most successful franchises with an immersive TARDIS experience, ahead of the launch of the all-new series starring award-winning actress Jodie Whittaker.

Bigger and bolder than ever, Series 11 marks the arrival of the Thirteenth Doctor – a super-smart explorer of the universe, alongside a team of new friends and delightful characters. The new series heralds a brand-new era for Doctor Who with a world-class team at the helm. The show will be full of action and adventure, humour and heart – an unmissable high-end drama everyone will enjoy. It will be available exclusive to Showmax later this year. 


At the three-day Comic Con Africa event, an immersive experience in the iconic time travelling TARDIS, will be on site packed full with VR experiences, video games, trivia and fan giveaways. There will also be the first ever African Whovian meet-up. Attendees and fans of the show will be able to come together and enjoy a screening of the final episode of Series 10, where the new Doctor makes her first appearance, setting the scene perfectly for all of the exhilarating and nail-biting intergalactic adventures she’ll embark on alongside her new friends, played by British favourite Bradley Walsh (Law & Order: UK), Tosin Cole (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Mandip Gill (The Good Karma Hospital). The Cosplay screenings will take place between 13.00 and 14.00 CAT on the 14th, 15th and 16th of September in screening room 2 – the Kyalami Conference Room. 


Doctor Who is one of the longest running action adventure television series in the world spanning 55 years and winning over 100 awards. This quintessentially British show has a huge global following, with nine million fans across social platforms and 200 million video views on Facebook and YouTube. Doctor Who has been sold to over 239 territories in its time. Series 10 was BBC America’s No 1 series, a top five highest rated drama series for young adults in the U.K. and the highest rated show on Space in Canada. It has been honoured by Guinness World Records as the world’s longest running science-fiction series. 


Stay tuned for more information on the Doctor Who stand at Comic Con Africa! 


Doctor Who is a BBC Studios and BBC America co-production. 


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20 February 2018


Multi award-winning Criminal Justice to be remade in India


When the multi award-winning Criminal Justice first hit screens back in 2008, nobody could have predicted that less than ten years later it would be winning accolades all over again in the form of HBO’s The Night Of (2016). Today, BBC Worldwide have announced, at its annual Showcase event, that for a second time the ratings winning format will be remade in India, proving that Criminal Justice’s global appeal shows no sign of slowing down.


BBC Worldwide’s partnership with Aditya Birla Group’s Applause Entertainment  will see the two organisations working together to develop and produce an Indian version of the iconic BBC format, Criminal Justice. This will be the first time the Criminal Justice format will be developed in Asia.


The remake of Criminal Justice (10x40) which is yet to be titled, will be set in present day Mumbai where it will also be filmed and will feature a cast of notable Bollywood talent both on and off screen. The adaptation will aim to shine a light on modern India, where it will follow both the economic and class differences between a working class student moonlighting as a taxi driver and the wealthy female passenger he picks up one fateful evening. The story will play out in a media frenzy elevating the case to dizzying heights and fundamentally impacting on the accused and his extended family whose social standing will be severely affected as a result.  


Sameer Nair, CEO, Applause Entertainment said: “Applause is looking to create premium content for Indian viewers to watch online, delivered on the back of the big digital highways that have been built through telecom and all other platforms that exist. We feel that BBC Worldwide, with its high quality content library and formidable reputation for making premium content in India, is the ideal partner to work with. Together, we are pulling expertise and resources to adapt  popular BBC formats here. We have picked Criminal Justice because of its global success and we believe that the Indian adaptation will meet the viewing needs of the Indian market.” 


Myleeta Aga, SVP and GM, South East Asia and South Asia at BBC Worldwide said: “We are very excited to be working with Applause Entertainment, and are assembling an A-list cast of talent to ensure the highest standards of execution. We see Criminal Justice as just the first step in a long and fruitful partnership with Applause.  We are confident this partnership will result in many more incredibly popular and well-loved Indian adaptations of BBC formats.”


The original UK version of Criminal Justice is an award-winning British television drama written by Peter Moffat and produced by the BBC. Each episode focussed on a gut wrenching journey through the criminal justice series. The series won multiple TV awards including BAFTA, RTS and International Emmys. The US adaptation ,The Night Of starred John Turturro and Riz Ahmed who in turn won an Emmy for his performance.


BBC Worldwide Showcase is now in its 42nd year and is attended by more than 700 of the world’s top television buyers at its venue ACC Liverpool. The four day event, from 18th- 21st February 2018, features a host of award-winning writers, producers and talent from a wide range of brand new shows and will give buyers the opportunity to see genre premieres, as well as view over 3000 hours of programmes.


For more information, please contact: Alexandra.thrift@bbc.com


20 February 2018

Over 2200 hours of British TV content exported to China
BBC Worldwide concludes first ever deal with Chinese platform MIGU Video
BBC Worldwide Showcase, Liverpool:  BBC Worldwide announced today at its annual Showcase event in Liverpool that it has signed a deal with Migu Video, China Mobile’s video platform, that will see more than 2200 hours of BBC content from across factual, lifestyle and pre-school genres available to more than 856 million* of China Mobile’s subscribers.
MIGU Video was set up in 2014 as a wholly owned subsidiary of China Mobile, the world’s largest wireless network operator. BBC Wordwide will provide the platform with programmes available as AVOD and  SVOD online, via mobile and on IPTV.
MIGU Video’s subscribers will have access to BBC’s wide assortment of programmes covering preschool, documentaries, factual entertainment, history, music & arts, news and current affairs, natural history and science. Some of the programmes sold include Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Hey Duggee, Amazing Hotels- Life Beyond the Lobby, Steve Jobs- Billion Dollar Hippy, The Truth About Exercise, Simon Reeve in Russia and U2- From the Sky Down. The programmes will either be subtitled or dubbed into Mandarin.
“We are extremely pleased to be partnering with China Mobile’s MIGU Video to be the first content partners to sign a direct deal for their video platform.  We look forward to working with them to build viewership and  loyalty for BBC’s programmes on the service,” said Kelvin Yau, GM, Greater China, BBC Worldwide. “Late last year, we also signed an MOU with them to explore co-developing and co-producing content relating to the Chinese and overseas markets  and hope to further grow and strengthen our relationship with them, exploring even more synergies and opportunities to work together.”
“China is going through a time of tremendous growth and rapid market development. Everyone here is curious about popular cultures around the world. At the same time, they want to share their Chinese culture and values. We are very pleased that, with this strategic relationship with BBC Worldwide, we will be able to achieve mutually beneficial results”, said Mr. Wang Bin, CEO, MIGU Video. “I look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with BBC Worldwide.”
This deal with MIGU Video marks BBC Worldwide’s first deal with a Chinese telco.
*as of March 31 2017

For more information, please contact:
Jeanne Leong
BBC Worldwide Asia


Tuesday’s Child’s ‘You’re Back in the Room’ format to entertain viewers in Poland and Portugal in Spring 2018.
At its annual Showcase event in Liverpool BBC Worldwide announced today that the format license for You’re Back in the Room, a Tuesday’s Child title, has been sold to Poland and Portugal. The local versions of the hypnotic gameshow will be available to Polish and Portuguese audiences from Spring 2018.
In Poland the format is already in production by ATM Grupa for free to air channel TVN under the local title Hipnoza. It will consist of eight episodes and be hosted by one of the most popular TVN channel presenters, Filip Chajzer. The hypnotic twist will come from Artur Makieła, a hypnotist and a member of the British Association of Hypnotherapy.
Ten episodes of the Portugese version of the show will be produced by Shine Iberia for commercial broadcaster SIC. The local version called DivertidaMente will be hosted by João Manzarra, one of the most well-known presenters in Portugal, having been the host of entertainment series such as: So You Think You Can Dance, X Factor and Anything Goes. José Tejada who is part of Keith Barry’s team in UK, AUS and US will be the hypnotist.
You’re Back In The Room sees five complete strangers take on a series of seemingly simple tasks for cash prizes. The problem is that the contestants are hypnotised with specific triggers designed to completely interfere with the games, making them much harder, more frustrating and as a result, brilliantly entertaining.
The show premiered in UK in 2015 with a peak audience of 5.2 million viewers, ranking within the UK’s top ten highest rated Entertainment shows of 2015 and the highest rated new Entertainment launch of 2015. It has since been licensed to Australia, French Canada, France, Slovakia, Slovenia, USA, Colombia, Netherlands and New Zeland. The latest sale makes Poland and Portugal 10th and 11th territory where the format will have its local version.
Sumi Connock, Creative Director of Formats, BBC Worldwide said, “We’re delighted that this truly unique and brilliantly hilarious format is launching in another two markets. Hypnosis is a fascinating process that when teamed with a gameshow creates an utterly entertaining experience for both the contestants and the audience”.
Hipnoza will premiere in Poland on Saturday 3rd of March in the prime time slot, DivertidaMente will go to air in Portugal in Spring.
For more information, please contact:
Aleksandra Biardzka
Communications Officer Poland
BBC Worldwide


19 February 2018
BBC Worldwide announces Dancing with the Stars is ballroom dancing its way into Iceland
Liverpool, UK – BBC Wordwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, announced today the sale of the format for Dancing with the Stars (Allir Geta Dansað) to Iceland broadcaster Stod 2.  Set to premiere on 11th March, 2018, this local adaptation of Dancing with the Stars is another testament to the international appeal of this extremely successful franchise.
For the first time, BBC Worldwide is jumping into partnership with Stod 2, the biggest commercial channel in Iceland, on a format deal as well as producing with RVK Studios for the upcoming Allir Geta Dansað. The series will air on primetime every Sunday night.
Strictly Come Dancing had its most successful season of all time in the UK in 2017, showcasing just what an incredibly joyful format it is that continues to go from strength to strength.  We’re delighted that Iceland will be the latest territory to enter the ballroom and get their glitter on!” states Sumi Connock, Creative Director of Formats.
“We have had an eye on this format for quite some time and are very excited to finally bring the amazing energy, entertainment and of course glitter finally to Iceland, “states Johanna Gisladottir, Head of Acquisitions and Programming at Stod 2.
The format license for Dancing with the Stars, the world’s leading dance entertainment brand, has been sold to 55 countries and over 300 seasons of the format have aired across the globe.  Most recent sales have been to Brazil, and Belgium, where it has just returned after a 6-year hiatus finding a new home with SBS.
Prominent celebrities join professional dancers, to learn and perform ballroom and latin dances from waltzes, foxtrots and the cha-cha-cha to samba, rumba and paso doble. At the end of each show the couple with least number of combined judges’ scores and viewer votes must hang up their dancing shoes as week by week they are whittled down until only two remain. The incredible, multi-award-winning primetime entertainment format is full of glitz, glamour, sequins and stardom.
For more information, please contact:
BBC Worldwide:
Deborah Schonfeld
Tel: +1917.698.3027


9th February 2018
BBC Worldwide Latin America inks first format deal in Uruguay
Based on the UK format Great Britons, El Gran Uruguayo will air on Canal 10, the country’s largest free-to-air broadcaster
9th February 2018-– BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, announced today the company’s first format deal in Uruguay with Canal 10, the country’s largest free-to-air broadcaster, for El Gran Uruguayo, a series based on the UK format Great Britons.
In this one-time event series, the public nominates, and ultimately selects, a person who will be crowned the greatest Uruguayan in history. From historical figures like Uruguayan forefather José Gervasio Artigas Arnal, to football greats including Obdulio Jacinto Varela, captain of the country’s 1950 World Cup win and living legend Luis Suarez of Real Madrid to novelist and poet Mario Bendetti or even Carlos Gardel, tango singer and songwriter, the public will have many national treasures to choose from. The series will feature popular Uruguayan history professor, actor, comedian and presenter, Diego Delgrossi.
The Greats format has been sold to over 20 countries since the series launched on the BBC in 2002.  In the UK, the nationwide vote was spread over six months with Sir Winston Churchill revealed as the Greatest Briton of all time. The US version saw Ronald Regan pipping Abraham Lincoln for the top spot and the French voted for Charles de Gaulle with Louis Pasteur coming 2nd. The Czechs went much further back in their history for their Greatest with the accolade going to an emperor from the 14th century, Karel IV, while Chileans voted for Salvador Allende, the country’s first Socialist President.
Great Britons is one of the many formats that will be available at Showcase 2018, BBC Worldwide’s biggest celebration of British creativity. This yearly event includes insights into the latest trends, a comprehensive overview of the company’s slate and an exclusive preview of BBC Worldwide’s upcoming titles. The four day event will take place this year in Liverpool, from Sunday, February 18 to Wednesday February 21.
The BBC Worldwide Showcase non-scripted format slate includes Blink, a comedy game show where celebrities have their pop culture and music knowledge tested in a rapid-fire battle, which has already been licensed to the US, and Safety in Numbers an ambitious show which brings together people who share unusual conditions, such as alopecia, vitiligo, cerebral palsy or Tourette’s, to help overcome their insecurities. Phone Dater is a series featuring blind dates with a twist while Curious Creatures is packed with breathtaking natural history clips, extraordinary facts and spirited debate celebrating all aspects of the animal kingdom.
For more information, please contact:
Sandra Lee Caló


1st February 2018
BBC Worldwide welcomes tech giants to Showcase
BBC Worldwide Showcase 2018 shines a spotlight on the best of British as it opens its doors on 18th February to an array of A-list talent, commissioners, producers and top international TV buyers who will screen brand new British TV content and attend a range of insightful and creative sessions. This year Showcase will play host to its largest ever delegation of digital clients including tech giants Google, Apple, Netflix, Microsoft, Facebook-Oculus and Amazon plus regional SVODs and telcos such as Showmax, Stan, Deutsche Telecom, iFlix and Hulu, at the four day event at Liverpool’s ACC (18th – 21st February).
Jodie Whittaker (Doctor Who), Idris Elba (Luther), Charlotte Riley (Press), Steve Coogan (Alan Partridge), Nicola Walker (The Split) and Karl Pilkington (Sick of It) are just some of the stars that will descend on Liverpool’s Albert Dock to launch their brand new shows. Producers from the next wave of landmark Natural History series, such as Dynasty and Serengeti, will also be on hand to give buyers a first look at these stunning productions.
Attended by over 700 buyers and with thousands of hours of TV content to view in 600 specially constructed Digi Booths, BBC Worldwide Showcase, now in its 42nd year, is the world’s largest international television market hosted by a single distributor.
More than a sales market, BBC Worldwide Showcase brings together producers, financiers and the BBC’s top executives as well as Britain’s most successful creatives giving them the opportunity to develop TV shows of the future. The itinerary includes a co-production forum where potential partners will hear about titles that are in their infancy and, from industry experts, insight sessions on cultural and consumer trends in factual and scripted.  Blue chip titles such as The Split, Doctor Who and Serengeti will preview exclusively to buyers where they will hear first-hand from the on and off screen talent about their new productions.
Paul Dempsey, President Global Markets, BBC Worldwide, said: “We continually evolve Showcase to make sure it fits the needs of our customers and this year we’ll be hosting a wider range of companies than ever before. We’ll also be joined by many of the key names from Britain’s biggest independent production companies, including BBC Studios, as well as producers, broadcasters and financiers from all around the world who’ll be discussing their latest content strategies, new projects and global trends.”  
Along with the ancillary sessions, there will be genre premieres showcasing BBC Worldwide’s new slate of Drama, Comedy, Natural History, Science, Formats, Factual Entertainment and History and Documentaries.
As the biggest distributor of TV content outside of the US studios, BBC Worldwide generates programme sales on behalf of the BBC and independent producers providing a major boost to British television exports.
For more information, please contact:
Lee Leschasin
Communications Manager, BBC Worldwide
+44 (0)208 433 1324