'Doctor Who,' 'Office,' 'Dancing' drive growth
BBC Worldwide made record profits of around £140 million ($201 million) this year — a hike of more than 35%.The strong perf was driven by overseas sales of hit dramas like “Doctor Who” and the success of formats like “Dancing With the Stars.” A spokeswoman for BBC Worldwide said the figure, revealed by BBC director general Mark Thompson, was for “indicative guidance.” Worldwide’s profits were £103 million ($148 million) last year. The sci-fi drama “Doctor Who” has been picked up by more than 50 territories and sold more than 3.3 million DVDs and 7 million action figures last year. Meanwhile, “Dancing With the Stars,” broadcast as “Strictly Come Dancing” in Blighty, has been sold to 30 countries. Worldwide recently beefed up its Los Angeles production presence by hiring new senior VP of scripted production, Vlad Wolynetz, who helped mastermind “Mad Men.” Despite its success, it’s unclearwhat the new U.K. coalition government has in store for the business, and a part sell-off may be in the cards.