BBC Studios has struck a development, production, and distribution partnership agreement with comedy talent Simon Bird and Jonny Sweet’s new production company People Person Pictures.
The deal will see BBC Studios take global rights on all new scripted television programmes co-developed, co-produced and commissioned from BBC Studios Productions and People Person Pictures Ltd, which was recently formed by Bird and Sweet.
Simon Bird and Jonny Sweet have been involved in hugely successful comedy titles such as the BAFTA award-winning The Inbetweeners, Friday Night Dinner and Johnny English, and co-wrote and starred in Sky One comedy Chickens.
Josh Cole, Head of Comedy at BBC Studios Production said: “We are long-time admirers of Simon and Jonny’s work – they are not only exceptionally gifted writers and performers but also producers, working closely with the industry’s most exciting, emerging comic talent. We’ve wanted this to happen for a long time and can’t wait to get started.”
Jonathan Blyth, Director of Comedy at BBC Studios Content Partnerships added: “There is strong international appetite for Simon and Jonny’s warm and irreverent brand of comedy. We are thrilled to be partnering with them to help bring their brilliant projects to life for both UK and global audiences.”
Simon Bird and Jonny Sweet, People Person Pictures Ltd said “BBC Studios has been the beating heart of British comedy for decades and we’re humbled to be joining its ranks. We look forward to continuing the work we started at Guilty Party Pictures, putting writers and comedians at the centre of the production process, to create inventive, diverse, high-quality television.”
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