BBC Studios officially launches, eyes opportunities in China
BBC Studios has officially launched today (April 3), following last November’s announcement that the BBC-owned production unit would merge with commercial division BBC Worldwide under the BBC Studios label.
The launch sees CEO Tim Davie (pictured) and CCO Mark Linsey officially move into their roles. As well, the company has announced plans to develop further production opportunities in China, with factual programming production veteran Matthew Springford moving to the BBC’s Beijing offices.
In tandem with BBC Studios’ distribution team, Springford will work with Chinese networks and digital platforms in the development and production of original content and formats across all factual genres.
The move follows earlier news that BBC Studios would be setting up an Australian production office.
Off the Fence names creative director for production arm
Amsterdam-headquartered producer-distributor Off the Fence (OTF) has named Andrew Zikking as the creative director for its production arm.
Zikking, founder of Bristol-based Favourite Films, worked with OTF Productions as series producer on its Stan Lee’s Superhumans series in 2010 and has, since then, overseen more than 50 hours of factual programming for the company in the U.S. market. With more than 15 years as a production executive he has worked across a variety of genres for major UK broadcasters such as the BBC, ITV and Sky.
Working out of OTF’s Bristol office alongside managing director Allison Bean, he will be tasked with developing growth strategies for the company’s realms of expertise as well as branching into new areas.