BBC Studios has signed an exclusive three year development deal with indie Forest, led by BAFTA and Grierson nominated Executive Producer Jeremy Lee and journalist and film-maker Mobeen Azhar.

The deal, signed by Kate Ward, BBC Studios’ Managing Director, Factual Productions, will support Forest’s growth ambitions and in return will give BBCS a first look distribution deal on any content produced by Forest during the term – from premium documentary to original investigations and popular factual content.

Sitting alongside BBC Studios Factual Production Units, Forest joins BBC Studios’ fast growing portfolio of indies from wholly owned Voltage,  Amanda and Alan’s Italian Job and Inside The Factory to content partnership deals with Rogan, Becoming Frida Kahlo and  Zinc Media, Putin vs The West.

Founded four years ago, Forest’s credits include The Battle for Britney, The Trouble with Kanye, Santa Claus the Serial Killer and Streets of Gold: Mumbai, recently aired on BBC TWO.

Forest Sounds, the audio division of Forest, is an award-winning podcast production company that has a track record of producing premium narrative series. Credits include: Hometown, The Kanye Story and Ashley vs WWE for Audible.

Forest also operates a tree planting and maintenance initiate working with local partners to plant trees on behalf of their employees both past and present.

Kate Ward, Managing Director Factual Productions, BBC Studios says: “I am thrilled to welcome Forest to BBC Studios in this significant partnership. We have long been admirers of their fearless, impactful and contemporary documentaries. Forest’s work and ambition represents a new wave of exciting factual television. We are looking forward to bringing their work to audiences around the world .”

Jeremy Lee, Creative Director and Co-Founder of Forest says: “BBC Studios feel like the obvious partner to help us deliver the next wave of Forest projects to a worldwide audience. We’re excited to see what we can achieve together”

Jon Creamer

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