MIPCOM 2011: BBC Worldwide business grows up in France

Pascale Paoli-Lebailly ©RapidTVNews | 05-10-2011

Three years after it started operating, BBC Worldwide Productions France’s revenues have surpassed the sales activities in France.

The company has established its brand as the producer of formats dedicated to private and public channels. Headed by Jean-Louis Blot, BBC Worldwide Productions France is producing a version of Dancing with the Stars for TF1 - the second season of which is due out on 8 October - and has been the pioneer of reality TV on the public channel France 2. Two seasons of show When the Women Went have been produced, and a new version based on the theme of electricity, is being developed, with families living for one week without the modern comforts.

"Our company doesn’t just sell finished shows, but also aims to deliver shows based on the BBC’s most successful and upcoming formats," says Jean-Louis Blot during the MIPCOM show. He has therefore developed Arte’s Photo for Life, which is based on UK Design for Life. BBC Worldwide Productions France is also involved with documentaries, with a music line-up commissioned by DTT channel Direct Star. The company, which is shooting the French version of UK format When Romeo Met Juliet, also has ambitions to promote other programmes such as Young Doctors.