BBC Studios acquires Voltage TV
November 9, 2022
BBC Studios has taken full ownership of Voltage TV, the unscripted independent production company, whose credits include Inside the Factory for BBC Two, DNA Journey for ITV and The British Tribe Next Door for Channel 4.
The BBC’s main commercial arm has a longstanding relationship with Voltage TV, founded in 2013 by Sanjay Singhal and Steve Nam. The indie has produced a number offactual series for all the main UK broadcasters – and is in production with streamers including Netflix and Prime Video.
Ralph Lee, CEO of BBC Studios Productions, said: “We’ve admired Voltage for a long time, which is why when the opportunity arose we moved quickly to acquire the business outright. The breadth and quality of their slate is a perfect complement to BBC Studios Productions factual entertainment and factual brands. We’re delighted to be backing them and look forward to working even more closely with Sanjay, Steve and the team to grow the business.”
Voltage TV founder, Sanjay Singhal, commented: “I started at the BBC as a trainee exactly 30 years ago. Then, it was producing programmes that were world-beating – and it still is. I’m delighted that Voltage has found a home in an organisation that champions risk-taking and shares the huge creative ambition we have in the coming years.”
Co-founder Steve Nam, added: “When BBC Studios approached us it just felt a natural fit, and I’m a firm believer in gut instinct. Our distribution relationship with BBC Studios dates back to the launch of Voltage and we look forward to continuing to flourish through their impressive global reach.”
In completing the deal, BBC Studios buys out the minority stake in Voltage that C4 Growth Fund have had since 2015.