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Starz Signs Multi-Year Production Deal With BBC Worldwide Prods

Nellie Andreeva

On the heels of their collaboration on Torchwood: Miracle Day, Starz Entertainment and BBC Worldwide Prods have signed a multi-year production agreement. Under the deal, the two companies will co-develop and co-finance multiple series that will be produced by BBC Worldwide Prods. The potential output is estimated at more than 100 hours of drama series programming. Starz gets distribution rights for the U.S. and English-speaking Canada, while BBC Worldwide will distribute the series internationally. The deal essentially gives Starz a (non-exclusive) production arm without the large cost associated with overhead as Starz is looking to compete against its more established pay-cable competitors on a far smaller production budget. The network already uses a similar approach in casting, where it has been using the services of independent casting director Marc Hirschfeld who has been essentially serving as head of casting on a non-exclusive, consulting basis. The deal with BBC Worldwide will allow Starz to put on the air bigger-budget series as BBC Worldwide will deficit finance the shows, covering the difference between the license fee paid by the network and the series’ budget. The company plans to cover the deficit by international sales, so all series developed and produced under the agreement with Starz will be designed with the global marketplace in mind. The first project in the works is Da Vinci’s Demons, recently announced by BBC Worldwide Prods’ head Jane Tranter and written by David S. Goyer. The pact instantly … Read More »

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Starz Sets Premiere For U.S. ‘Torchwood’

By | Wednesday March 23, 2011 @ 11:18am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Starz’s Torchwood: Miracle Day, a U.S.-based continuation of the hit BBC series, will premiere on Friday, July 8. The series, currently in production in Los Angeles, stars Mekhi Phifer, Bill Pullman and, in an extended guest role, Lauren Ambrose, joined by Torchwood alumni John Barrowman (Capt. Jack Harkness) and Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper).

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