BBC Worldwide backing Red Planet factual arm

The commercial arm of the UK pubcaster has taken a 25% stake in the prodco's non-scripted division, led by Simon Raikes (pictured).
September 10, 2015

BBC Worldwide is taking a 25% stake in the factual arm of UK prodco Red Planet.

As part of the deal, the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster will have exclusive global distribution rights to all of the non-scripted content developed by the new division over the next five years.

In May, the production company behind such scripted projects as BBC1′s Death in Paradise and the upcoming Dickensian appointed Simon Raikes (pictured), former Channel 5 factual commissioner, as its head of non-scripted. Raikes takes up the role on September 16.

“Given Red Planet’s incredible track record in scripted with big bold titles that have great heart and resonate with such a broad audience, we were very keen to partner with them when we heard they also harbored a desire to do the same for unscripted,” said Tracy Forsyth, genre director of factual entertainment and entertainment for BBC Worldwide, in a statement.

“We have big ambitions to produce a range of new non-scripted programming for UK broadcasters and international markets,” added Raikes. “We look forward to working with BBC Worldwide to grow this part of the business so that, like the scripted side, it becomes synonymous with original, ratings-winning programming.”

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