Bobby Bones Signs Exclusive Television Development Deal With BBC Studios
October 29, 2020
BOBBY BONES SIGNS EXCLUSIVE OVERALL TELEVISION DEVELOPMENT DEAL WITH BBC STUDIOS’ LOS ANGELES PRODUCTION ARM
Nashville, TN – October 29, 2020 – Leading syndicated radio host, TV personality and best-selling author Bobby Bones has signed an exclusive overall television development deal with BBC Studios’ Los Angeles production arm. Based on this new development deal, he will work exclusively with BBC Studios across all television media as an executive producer to develop and potentially host original unscripted series, along with scripted projects, reflecting his wide range of diverse interests.
Bobby Bones is currently working with BBC Studios filming the unscripted series Breaking Bobby Bones slated to debut on National Geographic. In the action packed series, Bobby Bones travels across America to meet hard working hometown heroes with unique jobs, skills and abilities who put him to the test to see if he has what it takes to keep up with them.
Bobby Bones first worked with BBC Studios’ Los Angeles production arm when he became the mirrorball champion on Dancing with the Stars, the successful global format it brought to the U.S. and produces as a hit series for ABC, now going strong in its 29th season.
“I’m thrilled to be able to collaborate with the team at BBC Studios on this new venture,” said Bobby Bones. “From working with them on Dancing with the Stars, and now Breaking Bobby Bones, I know first-hand the incredible creativity and integrity they bring to every project.”
“Bobby Bones’ life story is a testament to his strong work ethic and perseverance. The way in which he overcame adversity to achieve his own version of the American dream is an inspiration. His ability to connect with audiences is powerful, as he proved on Dancing with the Stars. Bobby Bones is a creative force in his own right, and I am thrilled to officially welcome him to our team to jointly develop bespoke projects that reflect his unique brand and personality,” said Valerie Bruce, General Manager of BBC Studios, Los Angeles Productions.
In addition to this exclusive television development deal with BBC Studios, Bobby Bones will continue in his role as an official in-house mentor on American Idol and to work extensively with iHeartRadio, where his namesake program, The Bobby Bones Show, is broadcast to more than 170 radio stations.
One of the nation’s most influential radio personalities as host of iHeartRadio’s “The Bobby Bones Show,” Bobby Bones became the youngest inductee ever into the National Radio Hall of Fame. He won the Country Music Association Award for National Broadcast Personality of the Year twice. He has been recognized as the Academy of Country Music Award winner for National On-Air Personality of the Year four times. In addition to his broadcasting accomplishments, Bobby Bones is a two-time NY Times #1 best-selling author. His popular podcast BobbyCast has nearly 20 million downloads.
BBC Studios is a leader in award-winning unscripted content spanning original programming to U.S. adaptations of successful global formats, ranging from Weakest Link to Top Gear America, as well as the Emmy-winning original series Life Below Zero, which has been so successful that it has generated two spin-off shows and established a longtime production partnership between BBC Studios and National Geographic.
Bobby Bones and BBC Studios’ Los Angeles production arm are both represented by CAA. Bobby Bones is managed by Red Light Management.
About BBC Studios
BBC Studios, a global content company with bold British creativity at its heart, is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC. Able to take an idea seamlessly from thought to screen and beyond, its activities span content financing, development, production, sales, branded services, and ancillaries across both its own productions, and programs and formats made by high-quality UK independents. Award-winning British programs made by the business are internationally recognized across a broad range of genres and specialisms, with brands like Dancing with the Stars/Strictly Come Dancing, Top Gear, Doctor Who and Bluey. BBC Studios has offices in 22 markets globally, including ten production bases in the UK and production bases or partnerships in a further nine countries around the world. The company, which ordinarily makes around 2,500 hours of content a year for both the BBC and third parties including Apple, Amazon and China Mobile, is a champion for British creativity around the world. It is also a committed partner for the UK’s independent sector through a mix of equity partnerships, content investment and international distribution for program titles. To the BBC, BBC Studios contributes both cash dividends and funds for program-making, supporting the license fee and enhancing programs for UK audiences.
In the Americas, BBC Studios – with team members across the region – operates two production units. The primary unit in Los Angeles is responsible for ratings juggernaut and Emmy®-nominated Dancing with the Stars and multi-award-winning Life Below Zero. In Brazil, through a production partnership with Endemol Shine, local productions Dancing Brasil and Bake Off Brasil have become breakout hits. The company manages joint venture relationships with AMC Networks for flagship channel BBC AMERICA (U.S.) – home of original series Killing Eve and global brands Seven Worlds: One Planet, Doctor Who, and Top Gear – and with ITV for SVoD service BritBox (U.S./Canada), as well as strategic partnerships in Canada with Blue Ant Media for BBC Earth Channel and Corus for BBC Canada. The company also operates a robust linear and digital content sales and co-productions operation, as well as a franchise management business.