BBC Studios partners with Mercury on music formats – Global Briefs – Deadline


BBC Studios partners with Mercury on music formats

BBC Studios has entered into a development agreement with Universal Music Group’s Mercury Studios to create a pipeline of music-focused shows. The partnership will see BBC Studios’ recently restructured documentary unit working with Mercury on documentary formats, series and features across four main categories: social history, social purpose, specialist factual entertainment and factual. The pair will take care of the distribution of the projects on a case-by-case basis. Mercury was launched last year after taking over from Universal’s former entertainment arm, Eagle Rock Entertainment, and the outfit is run by former BBC Children boss Alice Webb (pictured). Webb said: “When you combine two powerhouses – the global reach and musical heritage of BBC Studios with the capabilities and insight of Mercury Studios, it creates a very formidable partnership.”

Terence Films behind the “Louis Braille” series

Banijay France label Terence Films is developing a drama series based on Hélène Jousse’s best-selling novel The Hands of Louis Braille. Maigret and the Young Dead Patrice Leconte is at the origin of the adaptation, which is not currently attached to a network. The book traces the life of the young Braille genius, who lost his sight at the age of four and, through his desire for knowledge in his early teens, revolutionized the world by creating the tactile writing system. who carries his name. “We have a very established script business in France and this deal is further proof of how our businesses are attracting significant talent and intellectual property,” said Lars Blomgren, Head of Screenwriting at Banijay.

BBC is looking for a factual show on the North East

The BBC’s Daytime and Early Peak department has opened a tender for a factual series to be produced in the North East of England. The Indies will need to have a base in the area or partner with a company handling the 15-part series, which will be commissioned by Helen Munson, the BBC’s first-ever daytime commissioner based in the North East. A formal tender document will be released next year and the move is part of the company’s commitment to spend £25m ($33.2m) over the next five years in the northeast.


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