Raconteur enters first-look deal with BBCWW

William Miller (pictured, left) and Ruth Wrigley's (right) newly launched company has inked a first-look deal with distributor BBC Worldwide and hired Charlotte Crosse as head of development and talent.
January 12, 2016

London-based indie Raconteur Associates has inked a first-look deal with distributor BBC Worldwide.

The company, which launched last month, is led by former BBC Worldwide exec William Miller and former All3Media exec Ruth Wrigley (pictured).

Under the deal, BBC Worldwide will manage the international distribution of Ranconteur’s finished programming and formats.

“We are really excited to have partnered with BBC Worldwide who have the scale and expertise needed to support us with our ambitious plans to grow the business and create a broad slate of programs for the UK and international markets,” said CEO Miller in a statement.

Additionally, the company has hired Charlotte Crosse for the newly created role of head of development and talent.

She is formerly an on-screen talent producer for the BBC Natural History Unit and, prior to that, worked on a variety of unscripted, entertainment and comedy series for BBC, ITV and Channel 4.

Raconteur’s model is based on retaining IP while working with third-party production companies and broadcasters to develop, pitch and co-produce big-formatted shows and manage talent.

The company’s development slate includes a broad range of unscripted projects, including a paid-development deal on a high-end factual series for a national broadcaster in the UK.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.