23 SEP 2021

BBC and NBC form an unscripted partnership in the UK

Together, both parties will search for “ambitious, platform-defining ideas with transatlantic potential, which will resonate across their respective linear and streaming platforms”.

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BBC and NBCUniversal have formed a development partnership to find and fund the next wave of unscripted programming ideas, with global scale and appeal. This agreement will be open to all UK-based production companies and studios, maximizing the opportunities presented by the wide-ranging shared DNA of NBCUniversal and the BBC. Together, both parties will search for “ambitious, platform-defining ideas with transatlantic potential, which will resonate across their respective linear and streaming platforms,”  the companies said.

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 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.

“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,”  said Kate Phillips, Director of Entertainment at BBC Commissioning.

Jenny Groom, EVP of Entertainment Unscripted Content at 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 BBC and NBCUniversal already share success with several hit unscripted brands and formats. Recent examples include “The Wall,” “The Wheel,” “The Weakest Link” and “Dragon’s Den,” and the new development partnership builds on this track record of success.