BBCWW unveils global commissions

BBC Worldwide is adding some fresh titles to its portfolio of international commissions. Ahead of its annual international BBC Worldwide Showcase 2017 event, which runs Feb. 19 – 22 in Liverpool, ...
February 16, 2017

BBC Worldwide is adding some fresh titles to its portfolio of international commissions.

Ahead of its annual international BBC Worldwide Showcase 2017 event, which runs Feb. 19 – 22 in Liverpool, BBCWW has announced five non-fiction commissions from its production bases in Nordics, France and Germany.

Formed last year, BBCWW Nordics will be producing two new formats — Stupid Man, Smart Phone for Denmark’s TV2 Zulu channel and The Weakest Link for Nelonen in Finland.

The commission of Stupid Man, Smart Phone for TV2 Zulu is the first sale of this format. In the survival series, a city-dwelling comedian is joined by an internet star, who consults his online fan base as the pair attempt to take on some of the world’s toughest outdoor adventures armed with only a mobile phone.

The Weakest Link is a popular game show format where nine strangers work together to bank as much money as possible. BBC Worldwide Nordics will be producing 20 episodes of the format for a primetime slot on Nelonen.

Meanwhile, BBCWW France has been commissioned to produce Love Productions’ The Great Bake Off: Crème de la Crème (Le Meilleur Patissier – Les Professionnels) for M6. The show turns the spotlight on professional pastry chefs to find the best of the best.

Finally, BBC Worldwide’s joint venture with All3Media in Germany, Tower Productions, will be producing another Love Productions’ format The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Sat.1 and BBC format Everybody’s Business for Kabel1.

In The Great Celebrity Bake Off, famous names get to show off their baking skills, while in Everybody’s Business, bosses hand over the hiring power to their employees. Tower Productions will produce four episodes for the channel.

“We’re proud of our success in localizing British shows for audiences around the world and Showcase gives us the perfect platform to introduce even more international broadcasters to our brilliant catalog,” said Paul Dempsey (pictured), president global markets, BBCWW in a statement. “We’ve got a great line-up planned for Liverpool with very high hopes for the eight new format titles we’ll be launching there.”

Eight additional unscripted formats will be launched at the BBC Worldwide Showcase, including the BBC Studios-made primetime talent series Let It Shine, in which a panel of musicians and entertainers will create the country’s best new band; Whizz Kid Entertainment’s Let’s Sing & Dance, featuring celebrities donning dance shoes and a microphone for a night of song and dance; Rumpus Media’s Tribal Bootcamp, following two comedians as they set to determine whether fitness fads are the key to a healthy lifestyle.

Other titles set to be unveiled during the February event include Auntie Productions’ The Day I Fell to Earth (w/t), a life-swap series dropping people at a crossroads in their lives into a lifestyle opposite of their own; Auntie’s In Your Ear, fitting worldly advisors with an ear-piece as they provide sound advice and confidence to a group of strangers to tackle a big life event; and Curve Media’s Trauma Hour (w/t), which embeds viewers with paramedics in emergency hotspots across the country through fixed rig, bodycams and handheld cameras.

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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 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.