BBC Worldwide has named veteran ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) exec Andre Renaud to the newly created post of VP of sales for Italy and Iberia.
In the role, Renaud will oversee all TV and digital sales, as well as format licensing, for the region. He will report directly into Tobi de Graaff, executive VP of Western Europe when he takes up the new position in January.
Most recently, Renaud spent 12 years at ITV, serving as sales director for EMEA and international format sales at ITVS GE where he was responsible for developing international format production partnerships while handling content for Italian-speaking markets, the Middle East and Africa.
Elsewhere, BBC4 has commissioned a raft of entertainment and factual titles, including the return of slow TV with a journey on the footplate of the Flying Scotsman.
Produced by Roger Keech Productions, The Flying Scotsman (below) will put audiences in the driver’s seat of the express passenger train with a signal-by-signal journey down the Severn Valley Railway through the midlands of England from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster. The hour-long slow TV Christmas special was commissioned by Clare Paterson, commissioning editor for documentaries.
The UK pubcaster will resurrect its hit ’80s music series Pop Quiz for two seasonal specials. Hosted by original presenter Mike Read, the specials will pit two pop stars from the ’80s against one another in rounds of musical fun for a festive treat. Sohail Shah, assistant commissioner of entertainment, ordered the series.
BBC Science, meanwhile, in collaboration with BBC R&D and BBC Music will look to determine whether science and big data can craft the perfect pop song in The Science of Pop – Can you find the Perfect Pop Song?
The Windfall Films-made The Garden – Life and Death on Your Doorstep (1 x 90 minutes) will take a closer look at the life and death struggles between predator and prey in a typical English garden. Presented by Chris Packham, multiple cameras will capture the natural history and hands-on science. Tom Cook produces with David Dugan exec producing. Tom McDonald, head of commissioning for natural history and specialist factual ordered the doc.
Finally, BBC4 will explore, alongside Lucy Worsley, how the history of three of Britain’s founding national events are carefully crafted mythologies in A Very British History (BBC Studios), while Andrew Graham Dixon will take audiences on a visual journey through French Art history – from French Gothic to the rise of impressionism and existentialism – in Art of France (3 x 60 minutes; BBC Studios).
All titles are working titles.