Music Industry News Network [02-02-2005]

Wise Buddah Expands Commissions For BBC


Independent production company Wise Buddah has expanded the number of commissions it has successfully secured from BBC Radio in the New Year.

The indie, headed up by broadcaster Mark Goodier, is working on seven new commissions from BBC Radio 2 and the World Service, ranging from documentaries on some of the world's biggest artists, to specials on popular culture around the world, including the music scene in China and the history of the soap opera.

"This is quite a diverse range of content to be working on for the BBC, covering music legends but also looking at TV soaps and the music scene in China. It demonstrates the breadth of production talent expertise within Wise Buddah," explains MD Mark Goodier.

Tom Waits and Coldplay will be the subject of documentary specials for BBC Radio 2, while Elton John will be the subject of a three-part series. In addition to an eigth series for the successful 8x1Hour long Courtney Pine's Jazz Crusade, Buddah will also be producing a two-part series on the history of the TV soap (A Slice of Life) for Radio 2.

The company will also be producing two programmes for BBC World Service - a two part investigation into Chinese Rock, and a four part series where acclaimed jazz trumpeter Guy Barker visits four musically diverse countries around the world. Full transmission details listed below:-

Artist led music documentary specials for Radio 2:-

'Hello, We Are Coldplay': Tx. Late May, Early June 2005

'The Boneman' (Tom Waits): Tx Sat 23 April, 2005

Multi-part series on Radio 2:-

'A Slice of Life' - the story of the TV soap opera (2 part series) - Tx. Tues 8 and 15 February, 2005.

'Captain Fantastic: The Ongoing Adventures of Elton John' (3 part series) - Tx. Tuesday 5, 12 and 19 July, 2005

'Courtney Pine's Jazz Crusade' (8 part series - 8th new series) - Tx. Mondays, 9pm from 30 May 2005.

BBC World Service:

'Chinese Rock' (2 part series): Tx Late June, Early July 2005.

'Guy Barker' (4 part series): Tx. Late July 2005.


Tx. subject to alteration - correct at time of publication.


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