The two-year agreement gives BBC Studios a first look at all of the London-based producers’ unscripted output. Big Deal’s managing director Dhanny Joshi told Variety that the deal will allow the company to beef up its development team and add to its growing slate.
Big Deal was born out of Joshi’s music-management business and co-founded with Thomas Stogdon, who is creative director. It majors in identifying underrepresented and diverse talent and stories, and bringing them to TV. Its factual output includes numerous pieces in BBC One’s flagship magazine series, “The One Show,” and short-form series “Disabled Fight Club” for Channel 4.
“The hunger for diverse content has never been higher,” said Rebecca Brown, specialist factual commercial manager for BBC Studios. “Supporting Big Deal will provide content across a number of genres at a time when this is needed more than ever. We know that younger audiences really want truth in a world of fake news, and Big Deal is the ideal producer to deliver this.”
With several BBC Three and iPlayer shows to its name, Joshi said that “the BBC has been championing Big Deal Films as a company since our inception.” He added that “partnering with BBC Studios in this distribution and first-look deal is the exciting next chapter in our story.”
The indie, which is repped by WME, has kids’ series and drama as well as unscripted content. Joshi and Stogdon said there are several long-form dramas currently in development with British broadcasters, as well as an adult-skewed animated series in the works. Big Deal has also met with some U.S. cable networks.
On the talent side of the business, Big Deal works with British-Asian comedian and YouTube creator Humza Arshad. It is talking to broadcasters about a TV adaptation of his children’s book, “Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties,” which was recently published by Penguin in the U.K.