BBC Worldwide has struck a first-look distribution deal with Raconteur Associates, the fledgling indie established by former Big Brother executive producer Ruth Wrigley and ex-BBCW talent chief William Miller.


The deal, agreed with BBCW’s director of factual entertainment, Tracey Forsyth, will give the distributor access to Raconteur’s forthcoming slate of non-scripted productions. Set up in December, the indie is focused on lifestyle, entertainment, reality and specialist factual shows.

“We jumped at the chance to work with someone as talented and innovative as Ruth,” said Forsyth.

“She has such a track record of creating genre-busting entertainment formats from Big Brother, to The Only Way Is Essex to How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria and we think, wedded with William’s experience with talent and passions for factual programmes, will produce some truly unique globally sought-after ideas.”

Separately, Raconteur has hired Charlotte Crosse as head of development and talent. Crosse joins from the BBC, where she was an on-screen talent producer for the Natural History Unit (NHU).

Wrigley said Crosse was a “brilliant” producer with the ability to “nurture and manage talent”.

Raconteur plans to prioritise the development of ideas and exploitation of ancillary rights above the physical production process. It expects to partner with third-party production companies - particularly mid-sized firms and broadcasters’ in-house divisions - on a project-by-project basis.