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BBC, BritDoc ink exclusive UK partnership

UK pubcaster BBC and non-profit BritDoc Foundation have brokered a three-year co-funding and engagement strategy partnership with the Beeb recognized as the exclusive UK broadcast partner of BritDoc. BritDoc will co-fund ...
January 18, 2017

UK pubcaster BBC and non-profit BritDoc Foundation have brokered a three-year co-funding and engagement strategy partnership with the Beeb recognized as the exclusive UK broadcast partner of BritDoc.

BritDoc will co-fund up to four BBC docs per year and provide the pubcaster with the opportunity to acquire the television rights or stand-alone iPlayer rights for the latest and current BritDoc-supported docs. The majority of the docs will be showcased on BBC4′s documentary strand ‘Storyville,’ which showcases international documentaries. Additionally, BritDoc will provide expertise to the BBC on a select number of films.

Kate Townsend, commissioning editor of ‘Storyville,’ will lead the partnership that was initiated by Patrick Holland, channel editor at BBC2 and formerly head of BBC Documentaries.

Rob Berkeley, project lead for audience accountability at the BBC, has joined the BritDoc Foundation board and will be playing a pivotal role.

BritDoc, which supports more than 20 international documentaries annually, has previously partnered with BBC ‘Storyville’ on two Sundance Film Festival films: Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer and (T)error (pictured), both of which were Academy shortlisted. The 2017 edition of Sundance will see the premiere of their latest collaboration, the Pulse Films-made Trophy, a film about big-game hunters.

“BritDoc’s collaborative approach is an opportunity to create new connections with documentary makers in the UK and around the world and bring fresh thinking to ways in which documentary films can reach audiences on new platforms,” said Jane Ellison, BBC head of partnerships, in a statement.

“We believe this new partnership will enable a great new slate of films and filmmakers to develop,” said added Clare Sillery, head of documentary commissioning at BBC.

About The Author
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 HMV.com. 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.

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