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Jacob Rees-Mogg Series to Discovery+; BBC Studios US Podcast Lead; RTS London Adds Knight & Mensah – Global Briefs

Jacob Rees-Mogg Series Heads To Discovery+

The docu-series following controversial Conservative politician Jacob Rees-Mogg, who has previously been dubbed the “Honourable Member for the 18th century,” is landing at Discovery+. The series from At Home with the Furys producer Optomen has been widely reported on in the past couple of days. Airing on the streamer later this year, Meet the Rees-Moggs will follow the politician – who lost his seat during last week’s general election Conservative wipeout – in the run up to the poll and its aftermath.

He is a controversial figure on the right of British politics who used to have a reputation for filibustering, has held several cabinet posts and was one of the most ardent supporters of Brexit within the Conservative ranks. Earlier in his career, he attracted headlines when he took his childhood nanny and a flash Mercedes with him to campaign in a traditionally working class seat in Scotland. “Animals, children, an election and a film crew, what could possibly go wrong?,” said Rees-Mogg. “This everyday story of Somerset folk is fun to film but may be a bit more Fawlty Towers than Downton Abbey.

‘Ghost Story Pod Creator To Head Up BBC Studios Audio In U.S.

The creator of the hit serial podcast Ghost Story is to head up BBC Studios Audio in the U.S. Annie Brown, who used to be a producer on The Daily, takes charge of the newly-commercialized BBC entity, which makes the likes of Desert Island Discs , In Our Time and Jon Ronson’s Things Fell Apart .

Podcasting exec Thomas Curry is joining Brown’s team as Head of Production and they will be based in New York. She created Ghost Story, the hit podcast about the host’s incredible journey discovering what happened with a potential haunting in his bedroom as a teenager and how that intersected with his wife’s ancestry. For this pod, she won the 2024 AmbieÒ award.

BBC Studios Audio was launched several months ago as the latest in-house BBC production arm to move into the commercial space, following the lead of BBC Children’s and BBC Three. “Our transfer to the BBC’s commercial arm opens up new possibilities and I’m delighted Annie and Tom are joining to help us explore them,” said Richard Knight, who runs the team in the UK.

Steven Knight, Jane Featherstone & Anne Mensah Joins RTS Convention Lineup

Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, Sister co-founder Jane Featherstone and Netflix UK boss Anne Mensah have been added to the splashy lineup for September’s RTS London Convention. Knight and Featherstone join WBD UK and Ireland boss Andrew Georgiou , The Grand Tour producer Andy Wilman, former BBC chair Richard Sharp and All3Media CEO Jane Turton on the bill as the latest roster of speakers. They join previously announced Ted Sarandos, Tim Davie and Alex Mahon, along with many others.

The RTS Convention takes place annually in either London or Cambridge. Last year’s event was addressed by the likes of James Corden and Bryan Lourd.

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Source: Deadline