BBC Studios Names Science Unit Creative Chief And Loses Matt Ford To Social Producer Cowshed; Banijay Asia To Adapt Keshet Formats — Global Briefs

BBC Studios Science Unit Names First Creative Director

The Anthrax Attacks and Dinosaurs: The Final Day producer BBC Studios Science Unit as named its first Creative Director for UK Unscripted. Emma Lorenz has joined from Wonderhood Studios and will responsible for the domestic creative strategy and growing the unit’s UK slate in documentaries, formats and returning series. The BBC production division is led by Andrew Cohen and Director of Development Nicola Cook. Along with big ticket titles for Netlflix and the BBC, it has produced advertiser-funded programming series Cook Clever, Waste Less with The Great British Bake Off Judge Prue Leith for Channel 4. At Wonderhood, which former Channel 4 CEO David Abraham runs, she was Deputy Creative Director, working on shows such as BBC Three’s Trump in Tweets, Channel 4’s Baby Surgeons: Delivering Miracles, the recent Super Surgeons: A Chance at Life and BBC One’s The Airport: Back in the Skies.

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Banijay Asia Strikes Keshet International Scripted Deal In India

Banijay Asia will adapt scripted formats from Israel’s Keshet International in India. Keshet’s shows include drama such as False Flag and Yellow Peppers (aka The A Word). “Keshet International has a brilliant content library, and its prioritization of quality content and storytelling with authenticity perfectly aligns with our philosophy,” said Deepak Dhar, CEO and founder, Banijay Asia. “Together, we are working to build a raft of shows that will continue to broaden the content offering in our market.” Keshet has previously seen Homeland progenitor Prisoners of War remade in India as Bandi Yuddh Ke and The Baker and the Beauty turned into a Telugu-language series.

BBC Studios Exec Matt Ford Moves To Cowshed Social

Cowshed Social, a South East London-based content production and distribution business specializing in Gen Z audiences, has hired BBC Studios exec Matt Ford as Managing Director. At the BBC’s commercial wing, he was Vice President of Commercial, Digital, working on brands such as Top Gear and Bluey. Hewas also behind the launch of Channel 4’s 4Studio arm and was the commercial brain behind social news site Unilad. At Cowshed, which former Unilad execs George Corwin and Ryan O’Shea launched three years ago, Ford will oversee an upcoming rebrand and drive new business.

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