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BBC Studios inks first-look deal with Uplands TV

BBC Studios has secured a first-look deal with Uplands TV, the award-winning production company founded by David Olusoga and Mike Smith. The three-year deal gives the BBC’s commercial arm a ...
February 23, 2021

BBC Studios has secured a first-look deal with Uplands TV, the award-winning production company founded by David Olusoga and Mike Smith. The three-year deal gives the BBC’s commercial arm a first look option on Uplands’ development slate, with a focus on premium history, documentaries and landmark series.

Uplands TV launched in 2017 with a focus on history, current affairs, specialist factual and travel & adventure programs. Some of the company’s critically acclaimed titles include, The Unwanted: The Secret Windrush Files (BBC2); The Unremembered (Channel 4) and Alt History (BBC iPlayer) as well as upcoming landmark history titles The Forgotten Empire (BBC2 and PBS) and One Thousand Years of Slavery (Channel 5/Smithsonian).

“Mike and David create television that is both accessible to watch and thought-provoking,” Mark Linsey, BBC Studios’ chief creative officer, said in a statement. “They are experts in storytelling, using their background in history and program-making to engage and enlighten audiences, even on difficult subject matters. This makes their work fresh, unique and inclusive, which is why we’re so glad that their new projects will become part of the BBC Studios catalogue.”

“Our ambition in founding Uplands TV was to create television that brought a diverse range of factual stories and history to life which would appeal to a range of audiences in Britain and across the world,” added Smith (pictured left) and Olusoga (right). “We know that Mark and his team share our passion and that BBC Studios – with its global footprint – can help us to realize that ambition. We can’t wait to see where our next projects take us.”

The deal was negotiated through BBC Studios’ Content Partnerships team.

About The Author
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 HMV.com. 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.

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