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    Torchwood ignites Starz, BBCWW pact US-based Starz Entertainment and BBC Worldwide Productions have signed a multi-year production/distribution pact following
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      Torchwood ignites Starz, BBCWW pact

      US-based Starz Entertainment and BBC Worldwide
      Productions have signed a multi-year
      production/distribution pact following the success of Torchwood.

      The pair will co-develop and coproduce new
      series, comprising one-hour episode dramas that
      will debut on Starz's networks in the US and
      English-speaking Canada. BBCWW will sell the resulting output internationally.

      The pair used the model for the latest season of
      Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood, which was stuck in
      development hell till Starz came onboard as co-finance partner.

      The agreement will see BBCWW Productions lead
      production on the new shows, working in
      partnership with Starz's Original Programming
      team. Details of the new series will be announced
      at a later date and, according to the pair, could total more than 100 hours.

      C21 first reported that the BBC was considering
      extending the Torchwood model in April, when BBC1
      controller Danny Cohen said he was interested in using it for more dramas.

      BBCWW Productions head Jane Tranter said today
      that her unit was "in a uniquely similar place to
      Starz" and that Torchwood: Miracle Day (which is
      currently broadcasting in both the US and UK) had
      a been a "collaborative and invigorating journey."

      Starz effectively saved Torchwood when it joined
      the Russell T Davies-penned sci-fi drama in June
      last year. The most recent episode scored four
      million viewers on BBC1 last week, while the
      series has scored consistently good ratings for Starz.

      Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said his network had
      decided that international partnerships would
      play a key part in new original programming soon
      after he joined the firm in 2009. The BBCWW deal
      was "a major step in that direction," he added.

      "It will allow us to provide Starz subscribers
      more original programming, while delivering
      enhanced opportunity across all our domestic
      distribution businesses including Anchor Bay and
      Starz Digital Media," said Albrecht.

      "Our partnership with BBCWW Productions and BBCWW
      allows Starz to more quickly capitalize on the
      strategic opportunity presented by the increasing
      global consumption of US premium TV series,”
      added executive VP of strategy and business development John Penney.

      BBCWW Productions, which began working on
      scripted series for the US market two years ago
      under Tranter, says it has already sold more than
      20 scripted projects to various cable and
      broadcast network, and has another 10 unscripted series in production.

      Its latest commission is a local version of BBC
      docu-reality series The Week the Women for
      A+E-owned US cablenet Lifetime. Filming has begun
      in Yemassee, South Carolina (population 867) on a
      6x60' series. The format sees a town's female
      population leaving, handing the males responsibility of running everything.

      Jon Kroll, Elli Hakami and Tranter exec produce
      along with Lifetime's Collen Conway, Rob Sharenow
      and Gena McCarthy. Lifetime first commissioned
      BBCWW Americas to produce a pilot of the format back in 2007.

      On Friday, C21 broke the news the French version
      - Une Semaine Sans les Femmes - had been taken to
      series on France 2 after a successful one-off special earlier this year.

      Jesse Whittock
      8 Aug 2011
      © C21 Media 2011

      Precious and rare all Love is, gender matters not.
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