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BBC Studios signs doc maker Alex Gale

BBC Studios (BBCS) has agreed a first-look deal with award-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gale.

Alex Gale

The deal will see Gale co-develop premium non-scripted content with BBCS’s local production companies in Australia, India, South Africa and Germany. BBCS will produce and distribute the programmes internationally.

Founder of Amped Pictures, Gale directed Amazon Prime’s Sons of the Soil for BBCS India. The access-led docuseries followed the fortunes of Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan and his professiona kabaddi team across a season in India’s fastest growing sport.

Gale’s previous work includes BBC documentaries Scotland 78: A Love Story, Glasgow 1967: The Lisbon Lions and the RTS Scotland-winning The Fort.

Matt Forde, MD of international productions and formats at BBCS, said: “Alex is a remarkable documentarian who has a unique approach to creating candid and thought-provoking films; his handle on the sporting world and bringing their iconic figures and stories to life are unparalleled.”

Gale said: “The aim is to create high-production-value docuseries with characteristically local narratives that also have the potential to engage an international audience. BBC Studios’ local knowledge, industry relationships and brand recognition in these countries is invaluable. It will help us secure access to talent, previously unseen environments and institutions.”

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