BBC Studios signs first deal with Diving Bell Group,

BBC Studios, the commercial arm of UK broadcaster BBC, has revealed a first look and development deal with London-based talent and entertainment company Diving Bell Group.

Founded by Kim Butler and Justin Girdler in 2017, Diving Bell represents creators and innovators in the goal-oriented space, including model, trans activist and cultural figure Munroe Bergdorf; feminist author, illustrator and influencer Florence Given (“Women Don’t Owe You Pretty,” “Octopus”); Gina Martin, who led the successful national campaign to make upskirting illegal; and Emma Gannon whose career podcast “Ctrl Alt Delete” has amassed over 10 million downloads.

The deal gives BBC Studios a first look at content ideas from Diving Bell customers with the aim of collaborating to develop those ideas and submit commissions. To lead the process, BBC Studios has teamed up with industry veteran and diversity champion Kelly Webb-Lamb, formerly Deputy Director of Programs at Channel 4, who has worked with Diving Bell talent on a one-on-one basis. to identify opportunities for further development in BBC Studios Digital Originals talent and team.

BBC Studios TalentWorks Talent Director Paul Hembury said: “BBC Studios TalentWorks is looking to work with innovative new storytellers, and that’s why we’re delighted to partner with Diving Bell and support them and their impressive talent, to develop ideas, allowing them to tell even bigger and bolder stories.

Girdler said: “As a young company, we are really proud to have already contributed to the significant success of several eminent personalities and their incredible work. We are attracted to talent and partners who are bold, compassionate and creative – all of which we find the TalentWorks team.

Butler added: “We are honored and delighted to have started a partnership with the wonderful team at BBC Studios. We are all very confident that we can produce important and stimulating projects together.

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