Doctor Who


BBCWW upbeat despite returns dipping

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 (US$1.36 billion) and headline profit was up 17.6% to […]

BBCW strikes deal with SMGP to expand Doctor Who in China

BBC Worldwide today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with leading Chinese media company Shanghai Media Group Pictures that will see expansion of the Doctor Who brand in China. Under the terms of the agreement, BBCW will work with SMG Pictures to increase the Doctor Who fan base in China, exploring opportunities as well as exchanging expertise. […]

BBC Studios taps Red Planet for Wales drama chief

Red Planet Pictures’ Simon Winstone is joining the production arm of UK pubcaster the BBC. He will be head of drama – Wales at BBC Studios, which this month switched from a non-profit organisation to a wholly-owned BBC commercial subsidiary. BBC Studios’ Welsh productions include sci-fi stalwart Doctor Who, soap Casualty (which head of continuing drama […]

BBC Studios wins first tender commission

BBC Studios has won the first competitive tender for a BBC series. The new-look production arm of UK pubcaster the BBC will produce the long-running gameshow A Question of Sport, which was one of three shows put out to tender. The BBC altered its production guidelines last year, removing in-house guarantees as part of a […]

Netflix takes global rights to RTVE drama

Streaming giant Netflix has acquired rights to Spanish sci-fi drama El Ministerio del Tiempo. Netflix subscribers will be able to access the series in 2017 in 190 territories worldwide. In Spain, it airs on RTVE’s public channel La 1. El Ministerio del Tiempo (The Department of Time) has been likened to BBC family drama Doctor […]

BBC SVOD drama First in Hong Kong

The premium BBC First drama service has launched as an SVOD proposition in Hong Kong. The BBC First service will launch via the Now TV service in Hong Kong, the largest pay TV platform in the territory. Shows on the premium SVOD service include Doctor Who spin-off Class (pictured), Amazon and BBC Worldwide fashion drama […]

C4 and AMC link for tech comedy format

Channel 4 and AMC are teaming to coproduce Loaded, a comedy format based on Keshet International’s Israeli series Mesudarim (pictured). The two broadcasters previously partnered for sci-fi drama Humans, which was a major ratings success in the UK, and are now reuniting on the 8x60mins Loaded, with Keshet UK and Hillbilly Television the other copro […]

Worldwide brings Doctor Who spinoff

BBC Worldwide will show its Class in Cannes, with the international launch of a teen-skewed Doctor Who spin-off. Class comes from the creators of the hit sci-fi series and is written by Patrick Ness (A Monster Calls). It follows a group of teen students at Coal Hill Academy – an existing part of the Doctor […]

iPlayer loophole closure blocks 4,000 hours

British viewers choosing not to take a television licence before September 1 will lose access to nearly 4,000 hours of on-demand programming, according to new analysis. A recent UK law change saw the BBC ‘iPlayer loophole’, which currently allows households to access programming on-demand such as Doctor Who and Sherlock (pictured) without paying, closed. This […]

BBCWW series for Brazilian SVOD service

Brazilian SVOD service Looke has scored a 200-hour programming deal with BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC. Looke launched last September as a hybrid SVOD and pay-per-view platform comprising 7,500 titles, and will soon have a number of BBCWW shows on offer. This includes an exclusive two-month window on Sky 1 drama Critical, […]

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