BBC Studios acquires licensing rights to The Watch

“The Watch is an exciting addition to our slate and one we’re proud to be representing. We’re looking forward to the series launching next year and to working with partners across the merchandise, gaming, publishing and live events industry.”Rikesh Desai, Licensing Director, Consumer Products
Date: 02.10.2019     Last updated: 03.10.2019 at 15.49
BBC Studios has announced that it will retain all licensing rights to The Watch. The BBC AMERICA original series is based on Sir Terry Pratchett’s wildly popular “Discworld” novels, which have sold more than 100 million books worldwide.

Representation of the series includes all licensing rights across merchandise, gaming, publishing, and live events.

The (8 x 45) series is produced by BBC Studios and Narrativia for BBC AMERICA. It has been written by Simon Allen (The Musketeers, Das Boot and New Tricks), and is executive produced by Hilary Salmon (Luther, Silent Witness and Three Girls), Ben Donald for BBC Studios and Rob Wilkins for Narrativia. Richard Stokes (Silent Witness, Broadchurch) also joins the team as executive producer.

The Watch is a uniquely anarchic, and thrillingly entertaining procedural police drama inspired by the legendary ‘City Watch’ subset of “Discworld” novels. This disruptive, character-driven thriller centres on Terry Pratchett’s misfit cops as they fight to save a ramshackle city of normalized wrongness from both the past and future in a perilous quest.

Rikesh Desai, Licensing Director, Consumer Products, said: “The Watch is an exciting addition to our slate and one we’re proud to be representing. We’re looking forward to the series launching next year and to working with partners across the merchandise, gaming, publishing and live events industry.”

Rob Wilkins, Executive Producer and Narrativia MD, said “By collaborating with BBC Studios’ partners, we’ll be able to offer fans and audiences new ways to engage with a world from Terry’s imagination. The prospect of expanding the reach of The Watch in this way is a very exciting one, and I look forward to working with new partners that come on board. ”

The Watch is currently in development and is due to launch in 2020.

 

For more information, please contact: charlotte.tromans@bbc.com