BBC to run Noel Edmonds' Deal or No Deal TV studio in Bristol
THE BBC has signed a multi-million pound contract which will see production of Bristol- based quiz show Deal Or No Deal handed over to the corporation.
As part of the terms of the deal, BBC Studios and Post Production (S&PP) – a commercial off-shoot of the corporation – will take over the management of the film studios at the Paintworks in Brislington.
The firm has agreed to manage the studio and offer post-production services for 577 episodes of the day-time quiz show hosted by Noel Edmonds, which will continue to be screened on Channel 4.
This win is on the back of BBC S&PP's burgeoning relationship with independent TV company Endemol, which is behind Big Brother as well as Deal or No Deal.
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The organisation makes programmes for Endemol including Pointless, I Can Cook, 8 out of 10 Cats, Channel 4's Alternative Election Night and ITV's Odd One In. The agreement will cover two series of the programme and means that Endemol will be leasing space from the BBC at the film studio on Bath Road.
But the corporation says the deal will not affect its Bristol headquarters on Whiteladies Road in Clifton, even though it is considering moving from the complex. The BBC has said it is looking to bring in other programmes to the studios and is looking to rent out the site to other production companies. The Paintworks site is currently owned by development company Verve Properties.
BBC S&PP will also provide office accommodation, site management, catering and hospitality services at the studios.
Post-production on the show will still be managed by The Farm, an independent company which maintains nine editing suites and ten staff at the site and will report to BBC S&PP.
Endemol UK chief financial officer Richard Johnston said: "We gained control of the studio by accident as part of an E4 output deal in 2004 and subsequently used it as the set for Deal Or No Deal. Studios and facility provision has never been our business model, whereas it clearly is for the S&PP, so we were delighted at this deal."
S&PP finance and commercial director Warren Newbert said: "We are looking at where independent film companies are managing their own facilities and post-production, and offering them an alternative means of outsourcing as a specialist provider.
"We can provide the studio and post as well as the sort of services you would expect from a TV production studio."