Start-up indie Raconteur Associates has inked a first look deal with BBC Worldwide. The company, which was launched at the end of last year by William Miller and Ruth Wrigley, will focus on high-end, unscripted programming and formats for the UK and international markets. Raconteur will develop and retain IP while also working with third party party production companies and broadcasters on delivering content.  BBC Worldwide will distribute Raconteur’s finished programming and formats.

“We are really excited to have partnered with BBC Worldwide who have the scale and expertise needed to support us with our ambitious plans to grow the business and create a broad slate of programmes for the UK and international markets,” said Raconteur chief exec William Miller. “Both Ruth and I are excited to have the chance of working with the experienced team at BBC Worldwide to grow our slate of programmes and explore the enormous opportunities that the international market can offer UK creatives.”

The company has also made its first major hire, tapping BBC producer Charlotte Crosse as its new head of development and talent. Crosse was previously on-screen talent producer for the BBC’s Natural History Unit.

Wrigley has worked on numerous hit shows, including The Only Way Is Essex and Big Brother.