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BBC Studios brokers format deals; bolsters its management team

BBC Studios Productions’ factual chief Tom McDonald has cemented his leadership team with the appointment of Nicola Pinn as director of production and ICM Partners’ Ian Moffitt to the new role of director ...
April 15, 2021

BBC Studios Productions’ factual chief Tom McDonald has cemented his leadership team with the appointment of Nicola Pinn as director of production and ICM Partners’ Ian Moffitt to the new role of director of commercial and business development.

Pinn will be responsible for production management and serve as a key strategic voice across the studio’s three factual production units – natural history, science and documentary.

She has worked in senior factual programming at the BBC for the past 15 years, spearheading digital and technical innovation. Pinn most recently worked within the Natural History Unit as its head of production.

Moffitt joins from the London arm of Los Angeles-based talent agency ICM Partners where for the last four years he was an agent representing UK and European production companies as well as documentary directors.

As part of his remit, Moffitt will ensure the company’s factual business continues to grow both in the UK and globally, with a particular emphasis on working closely with McDonald and his creative heads to grow IP and forge relationships with U.S. buyers. He is also be charged with transforming how the department works with key creative talent on- and off-screen.

Pinn takes up her new role immediately while Moffitt joins BBC Studios Productions May 4.

In other news, BBC Studios has secured its first international format license agreement for First Love and a pair of licensing agreements for dating format Phone Dater.

First Love has been licensed to Brazilian broadcaster Globo as part of weekly television news series, Fantástico, Brazil’s highest rating Sunday evening program. First Love tells the stories of people who long to find out how life worked out for their first great love. These long-lost loves are reunited and come face to face after years apart, whether it’s to right a past wrong or simply reconnect. The four part series, adapted from a Motive Television production, is planned to air in 2021.

BBC Studios also signed a deal with Norwegian public broadcaster NRK to license the format for Phone Dater. The 20-part series originally from Kalel Productions will be adapted locally by Banijay and air on P3 channel in Norway.

Phone Dater features blind dates with a twist as couples swap phones — with full access to each other’s messages, pictures, apps and more. Using phone mirroring technology and embedded graphics, viewers see everything the daters see. When the date is over they’ll take a selfie as a couple, but will they make it public?

The agreement for Phone Dater in Norway follows the format’s international debut in Japan this past March.

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