BBC Worldwide buys into Amazing Productions

The BBC's commercial arm has acquired a 25% share in the House Rules indie that includes a first-look option on global distribution rights for all programs over five years. (Pictured: Amazing Productions' George Clarke)
December 16, 2015

BBC Worldwide has acquired a 25% stake in London-based factual indie Amazing Productions.

The deal gives the BBC’s commercial arm a first-look option on acquiring global distribution rights on the company’s programs for, at least, the next five years.

Amazing is led by architect and TV personality George Clarke (pictured), who also stars in George Clarke’s House Rules for Channel 4, along with producer and MD Rebecca Mulraine, factual filmmaker Michael Simkin and features and formats producer Tania Fallon.

The company has so far produced two programs for the BBC’s investigative reporting strand ‘Panorama’ and has a slate of projects in development with several networks.

“George and the team at Amazing are the perfect partners for BBC Worldwide as their slate delivers exactly what we’re looking for right now,” said Mark Reynolds, BBCWW genre director for factual, in a statement. “That is non-scripted aspirational lifestyle content, male-skewing fact ent, access driven documentaries, and high-end accessible specialist factual.”

In September, BBC Worldwide took a 25% stake in the factual arm of UK prodco Red Planet.

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