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BBC Worldwide takes 25% stake in Mighty Productions

MUMBAI: UK Indie executive Lynn Sutcliffe and format creator Hugh Rycroft have teamed up to launch Mighty Productions, an entertainment content company that will devise and produce innovative new series and formats for broadcasters globally.

BBC Worldwide is supporting the launch by taking a 25 per cent stake in the new venture. As part of the deal, it will have global distribution rights to all programmes developed by Mighty Productions during an initial five-year output agreement.

Sutcliffe and Rycroft, who will assume the roles of MD, creative director respectively, have collaborated on several projects over the years, most notably long-running ITV quiz format ‘Tipping Point’. Mighty was born after they noticed an increasing demand for original content, particularly in the entertainment and factual entertainment genres.

Between them, they have over 40 years’ experience in the TV industry. Sutcliffe began her TV career at BBC where she worked for seven years, and developed ideas such as The Weakest Link, Friends Like These and Dog Eat Dog. As an International Development Executive for the BBC, she also secured the rights to The Apprentice and Dragons Den.

She was previously Director of Development at CPL, where commissions included brand new 25-part series Decimate (BBC One), Married at First Sight (C4),The Day the Cash Came (BBC One) and Who Repairs Wins (UKTV)

Rycroft began his career writing for radio and devising panel games for the medium. He then began creating his own TV formats, including ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ (BBC Two), ‘The Sack Race’ (BBC Two/CBS), and celebrity quiz ‘School’s Out’ (BBC One).

Mighty is already developing several projects for major broadcasters with a slate ranging from daytime quiz formats to shiny-floor extravaganzas.

Sutcliffe said, “We will strive to make programmes that we are genuinely proud of. Regardless of the genre we want to make innovative TV that has a heart. Mighty will be a harmonious and creative environment where the whole team is respected and listened to. We will never forget that our runner has much more chance of ending up as Director General of the BBC than either of us.”

Rycroft said, “Having worked closely with Lynn for 15 years, I know we bring out the best in each other, and so relish the prospect of strengthening our creative partnership in Mighty”.

BBC Worldwide genre director of factual entertainment and entertainment Tracy Forsyth commented, “Lynn and Hugh have a fantastic track record in creating clever, catchy ideas that appeal to a wonderfully broad audience. This, along with their expertise in delivering shows from quizzes to shiny floor to fact ent formats, means we are very excited to be working with them.”