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BBC Studios Invests in Kelly Webb-Lamb’s Mothership


BBC Studios has taken a 25 percent stake in Mothership Productions, the unscripted indie set up by Kelly Webb-Lamb, former Channel 4 deputy director of programs.

The strategic partnership sees BBC Studios invest in Mothership’s slate of global formats and ideas of scale across the unscripted genres. BBC Studios will have first-look global distribution and format rights.

Webb-Lamb, Mothership Productions’ founder, said: “The whole Mothership team is delighted to be partnering with BBC Studios and to be joining a brilliant stable of invested indies. We’ve been so impressed with the Studios team and are really looking forward to working with them. And for some of us, this feels rather like coming home… you can take the girl out of the BBC, but she never forgets her staff number, and although this is a totally different kind of arrangement, I am super glad that this is where Mothership has ended up in terms of partnership.”

Ralph Lee, CEO of BBC Studios Productions, added: “Kelly is a highly sought-after creative leader who has assembled a team around her that has a formidable pedigree in hit shows and formats in a highly competitive field. It is a true testament to their talent and potential that within only a short period of time, Mothership has developed a slate that is brimming with ideas that we believe will appeal to both U.K. and international broadcasters and platforms. We can’t wait to have Kelly and the Mothership team join the BBC Studios family and look forward to a productive partnership.”

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