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BBC, NBCU ink unscripted development pact for UK producers

The BBC and NBCUniversal have entered a development partnership to find and fund development of unscripted programming. The joint partnership will be open to all UK-based production companies and studios, and ...
September 23, 2021

The BBC and NBCUniversal have entered a development partnership to find and fund development of unscripted programming.

The joint partnership will be open to all UK-based production companies and studios, and will search for ideas with global potential that will resonate across linear and streaming.

A broad range of unscripted genres will be considered, with a view to co-commission pilots or developments that have series potential.

Both parties have agreed on an aligned set of terms for UK producers, which are based on the BBC terms of trade. On and off-screen diversity will form a significant part of the decision-making process.

An outline of the terms and process will be made available to all producers.

“This unique partnership is such an exciting opportunity for UK-based producers. We want to lead the way in finding and investing in high impact, returnable British ideas and formats from all nations and regions, and this collaboration with NBCU will enable producers to develop their ideas at scale and win commissions on both sides of the Atlantic,”  Kate Phillips, director of entertainment, BBC Commissioning, said in a statement.

Jenny Groom, EVP, entertainment unscripted content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, added: “In such a competitive landscape, we love the idea of amplifying our audiences and creative output in partnership with the BBC. There is no better partner for NBCU and with Sharon Vuong and her team helping to lead the charge for us, we look forward to bringing the next great wave of unscripted formats to viewers across the globe.”

The joint unscripted partnership was developed by Syeda Irtizaali for BBC Entertainment and Ed Havard, VP, creative partnerships for Universal Studio Group, a division of NBCUniversal.

Submissions will be overseen by BBC Entertainment commissioners Pinki Chambers and Neil McCallum, and Sharon Vuong and Ed Havard for NBCUniversal.

The BBC and NBCUniversal have previously partnered on several unscripted brands and formats, including The Wall, The Wheel (pictured), The Weakest Link and Dragon’s Den.

A joint BBC & NBCUniversal briefing session for content creators will be announced in due course, the companies stated.

 

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