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BBC Studios to launch Australian arm with “Stargazing Live”

BBC Studios, the BBC’s incoming production and distribution business, has revealed that astronomy program Stargazing Live 2 will be the first commission from its Australian division. The live multi-platform television event ...
February 16, 2018

BBC Studios, the BBC’s incoming production and distribution business, has revealed that astronomy program Stargazing Live 2 will be the first commission from its Australian division.

The live multi-platform television event encourages viewers to appreciate the unique wonders of space and the cosmos and features live links from scientific facilities from across the globe.

BBC Studios’ Science Unit in the UK will produce the live event for Australian pubcaster ABC. Helen Thomas will serve as executive producer alongside series producer Paul King.

“We’re delighted to be working so closely with ABC on Stargazing Live 2 after the huge success of last year’s program,” said Lisa Opie, BBC Studios factual MD, in a statement. “Stargazing is science programming at its very best and Andrew Cohen and his brilliant team in the Science Unit have enjoyed evolving and developing the format specifically for ABC’s audience. ”

The BBC Studios’ Science Unit format was first produced by the same team as a three-day event for ABC by FremantleMedia Australia in March last year.

“Stripped over three nights, Stargazing Live was a new kind of event programming for ABC in 2017. It reached an incredible number of Australians right across all our platforms and on social media,” added Steve Bibb, head of factual at ABC. “Our viewers even discovered a new solar system in a major citizen science project. ABC is thrilled to be working closely with BBC Studios to make Stargazing Live an even bigger and more exciting event this year.”

In November 2017, BBC announced that BBC Studios, its independent production unit, and BBC Worldwide, its commercial division, would merge to form one commercial entity. BBC Studios will begin operating as a single organization on April 1.

A search for a director of production for the BBC Studios production arm in Australia is currently underway.

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