BBC Studios has entered into a one-year first-look development deal with Hungry Jay Media, the joint venture between presenter Jay Blades and production company Hungry Bear.

The agreement will give BBC Studios priority access to Hungry Jay’s slate with a focus on factual entertainment formats for the UK market that can travel around the world.

Hungry Jay is looking to expand its development team and build on recent shows such as Jay Blades: Learning to Read at 51 on BBC One, and Jay Blades: There’s No Place Like Home for Channel 5, whilst also bringing formats to BBC Studios international slate.

Commenting on the news, Emma Hardie, BBC Studios Commercial Director, International Production and Formats, added: “Their commitment to supporting new and diverse talent is a value we passionately support.”

Established in November 2020, Hungry Jay Media brings together Dan Baldwin and Juliet Denison Gay’s production company Hungry Bear, which is known for shows such as Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel (BBC One) and Bradley & Barney Walsh: Breaking Dad (ITV), with furniture restorer and designer Jay Blades, the presenter of BBC One’s The Repair Shop and Jay and Dom’s Home Fix.

Jay Blades has previously spoken about how he wants to inspire talent from similar backgrounds to him into a career in TV.

Pippa Considine

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