BBC Studios launches German production arm
BBC Studios is exiting Tower Productions, the Germany-based joint venture it shares with All3Media, to set up its own production arm in the country.
The joint venture lasted a decade and will remain intact until the end of the year.
Tower Productions and BBC Studios Germany will act as separate players in the German production market, with the studio taking full control of its own formats catalog.
The two companies have agreed to a multi-year co-production arrangement for the format Das Große Backen (The Great Bake Off), airing on German network Sat.1. Tower Productions will continue to act as producer for the format, in addition to spin-offs including Das große Promibacken (Celebrity Bake Off).
BBC Studios said the decision stems from its strategic positioning in the market and internationally, driven by the merger of its production and distribution businesses in the UK.
In other news, BBC Studioworks is launching a three-year talent plan in order to combat the acute skills shortage in the UK television studios market and to increase diversity.
The plan will see Studioworks engaging directly with graduates and providing opportunities for employment in the Elstree and White City areas.
It has four elements: broadening the volume and range of trainees to account for 10% of its workforce by 2021; increasing early years advocacy at school level; mentoring; and enhanced work experience offerings.
Derek Hough, ABC Entertainment ink overall deal
Dancing With the Stars judge Derek Hough has signed an overall deal with ABC Entertainment to host and develop specials and entertainment programming for the network.
Hough joined Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli as a regular judge on Dancing with the Stars last week. He previously worked as a professional dancer on the franchise.
A two-time Emmy Award winner and nine-time Emmy nominee, Hough has also appeared in film, television and stage projects as an actor. In May 2017, Hough joined Jennifer Lopez and Ne-Yo at the judges table for the NBC series World of Dance.
The broadcaster has bolstered its talent roster in recent months, most recently signing deals with Tyra Banks — the newly-signed host and EP of Dancing with the Stars – and her Bankable Productions to produce unscripted content for ABC Entertainment; and Grown-ish actress Yara Shahidi and her business partner and mother Keri Shahidi to produce scripted and alternative television projects through the pair’s new production shingle, 7th Sun.