BBC Studios’ Los Angeles production arm is the driving force behind ratings juggernaut Dancing with the Stars, Emmy-winning Life Below Zero, the revved up Top Gear America, and the popular reboot of the classic quiz show Weakest Link hosted by Jane Lynch. The established unscripted business continues to expand with a trio of franchise shows under the Life Below Zero banner which has nearly a decade of history behind it, the daring new original format Ex-Rated hosted by Andy Cohen, the comedy series When Nature Calls with Helen Mirren, the true crime documentary Murder Among the Mormons, and the action-packed Breaking Bobby Bones, which marks the latest milestone in BBC Studios’ long-term production partnership with National Geographic.
The scripted business is thriving: BBC Studios’ Los Angeles production arm successfully adapted a trio of British hits for top U.S. broadcast networks. The team achieved the highly anticipated straight-to-series launch of the scripted comedy Call Me Kat on Fox, reuniting Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik and Jim Parsons as executive producers. Inspired by the BAFTA nominated BBC series Miranda, the U.S. adaptation stars Emmy Award nominee Mayim Bialik as a single, 39-year-old woman who decides to spend her entire life savings to open a cat café. Fox renewed the popular series for a second season. The scripted team is set to premiere the comedy Ghosts on CBS and the docu-comedy Welcome to Flatch on Fox, from Emmy Award winner Jenny Bicks (Sex & the City) and Emmy-nominated director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids), under a coproduction partnership with Lionsgate.