Indie Outline Productions has just signed a development, distribution and co-production deal with BBC Worldwide, as part of Wayne Garvie’s plan to transform the international business of the BBC through strategic partnerships with key indies.
Under the terms of the substantial two and a half year deal, BBC Worldwide’s Indie Unit has agreed a first look at distribution of all Outline’s finished programmes. Additionally, BBC Worldwide’s production offices in Los Angeles, and its in-house production teams will have first call to co-produce international versions of Outline’s formats.
Outline looks forward to working with BBC Worldwide’s LA Production Office on Outline formats for American network TV, while the indie, which already counts TLC and other Discovery channels as core clients will continue to produce independently for these and other American cable stations.
Outline, which produces House of Tiny Tearaways, has produced a US version of the format, for DCI subsidiary TLC entitled House of Tiny Terrors. Also featuring Dr Tanya Byron, the series is scheduled for a December airing.
Outline is currently in funded development for BBC, Channel 4, TLC and Discovery with a raft of new projects. December will also see tx of ITV 1 series Redgrave’s Raw Recruits.
Quote: Outline Joint MD Laura Mansfield
“We are delighted to be starting this relationship with BBC Worldwide. Outline has grown considerably over the last few years, and we believe that this deal will help us achieve the next phase of growth in the UK and abroad.
While we have enjoyed great relationships with a range of distributors, we believe that much closer collaboration like this with regular slate meetings with BBC Worldwide’s Indie Unit and their international market expertise can only benefit the shows we’re currently developing, and inform the shows we’re yet to create. It’s a fitting partner for our programmes and we’re looking forward to bringing our shows to Network in tandem with BBC Worldwide’s fantastic team”
Quote: Wayne Garvie, Director of Content & Production, BBC Worldwide says:
“Outline’s productions have a great track record in the UK and the rest of the world. They are a dynamic outfit, and are exactly the sort of production house that I’m keen for BBC Worldwide to team up with as part of our ongoing strategy.”
Outline will continue to be represented in the US by William Morris Agency, who will collaborate with ICM and WW on strategy for Outline’s US formats. The House of Tiny Tearaways will continue to be sold by RDF, but UK secondary sales will be handled by BBC Worldwide.