BBC Worldwide takes minority stake in 72 Films

The commercial and international arm of the BBC has acquired a minority stake in the new indie launched by Channel 4's former head of specialist factual David Glover and former Dragonfly joint MD Mark Raphael.
August 11, 2016

BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) has acquired a minority stake in the new indie launched by Channel 4′s former head of specialist factual David Glover and Dragonfly’s joint MD Mark Raphael.

The BBC’s commercial and international arm has secured a 15% stake in 72 Films, and will receive global distribution rights to all programming developed by the fledgling UK-based non-fiction shop.

Glover most recently spent 11 years at C4 where his specialist factual credits include Gogglebox, Live from Space, The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds, The Murder Detectives, Inside Nature’s Giants, The Plane Crash and Walking the Nile.

Raphael, meanwhile joined Endemol Shine Group-owned Dragonfly in 2013 as a creative director and was promoted to MD a year later. His production credits include The Murder Trial, Bedlam, Educating Essex, One Born Every Minute and Inside Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

The stake purchase is part of a wave of investments made by BBCWW in recent years, including investments in Mighty Productions, Greenbird Media, Lookout Point, Original Talent and scripted shingle House Productions.

“David and Mark’s extraordinary pedigree in delivering innovative landmark TV will only further enhance BBC Worldwide’s high-end factual pipeline,” said Helen Jackson, BBC Worldwide’s chief content officer, in a statement. “Our focus is on working with like–minded companies to whom our values, credentials and expertise are important – and we’ve been targeting a specific set of talented people who represent the absolute pinnacle of UK creativity.”

(With files from Kevin Ritchie)

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