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BBCWW upbeat despite returns dipping

The BBC’s commercial arm reported a year-on-year increase in sales and profits, but cash returns to the corporation fell for the third consecutive year. Announcing results for the year ending March 31, 2017, BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) said that headline sales were up 3.0% to £1.06 billion (US$1.36 billion) and headline profit was up 17.6% to […]

BBC Worldwide nets launch on Polish OTT service

Cyfrowy Polsat-owned OTT TV service Ipla has added three BBC Worldwide channels to its programming line-up. Ipla is adding BBC Brit, the ‘best of British’ channel featuring a mix of factual entertainment programming, including Top Gear, to its Ipla Rozrywka and Ipla Wiedza News Rozrywka packages. The OTT TV service is also offering natural history […]

Discovery Lat Am scores BBC Worldwide deal

Discovery Networks Latin America / US Hispanic (DLA / USH) has entered into a first-look deal with BBC Worldwide. The Discovery Lat Am channels will become the exclusive home to many of the BBC’s top unscripted titles such as Planet Earth II, the Top Gear franchise and the upcoming Blue Planet II (pictured). The Matt […]

Top Gear America returning on US cable

Just under a year after History ended its US version of Top Gear, BBC America is bringing the format back. Top Gear America will premiere on AMC Networks-operated BBC America later this year, beginning a new eight-part series. History had run its version (pictured) between 2010 and 2016, but this stopped after six seasons amid […]

BBC Worldwide Showcase: entertainment and formats in the spotlight

Formats are taking centre stage at BBC Worldwide Showcase this year. Tracy Forsyth and Sumi Connock talk about this year’s line-up. “This is our year,” says Tracy Forsyth, director of factual entertainment and entertainment at BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC. “We have a smorgasboard of Saturday night shows, and there’s always demand […]

BBC Worldwide Showcase: show and tell in Liverpool

With Showcase less than a week away, BBC Worldwide’s president of global markets, Paul Dempsey, tells TBI what the 700 buyers heading to the event can expect from their trip to Liverpool. BBC Worldwide’s annual Showcase is the biggest market in the world hosted by a single distributor. In its sixth year in Liverpool, the […]

BBCWW unveils Showcase line-up

BBC Worldwide will launch a new dramas from Jimmy McGovern, the new Top of the Lake season with Nicole Kidman, and the much-anticipated crime series McMafia at its Showcase event later this month. The commercial arm of the UK pubcaster said it will host 700 buyers at the event in Liverpool, which will also see […]

BBC’s Top Gear gets new home in China

Top Gear has a new home in China after BBC Worldwide struck a deal for hundreds of hours of the motoring series with Shanghai Media Group’s BesTV service. The exclusive agreement will see BesTV become the only place, from early next year, that Top Gear fans will be able to see the show in China. […]

Amazon claims Grand Tour smashes ratings record

New Jeremy Clarkson vehicle The Grand Tour has become Amazon Prime Video’s biggest premiere launch, the streaming site has claimed. E-commerce giant Amazon reported “millions of Prime members” in the US, UK, Germany, Austria and Japan had streamed the series’ first episode over the weekend. This means the big-budget petrolhead series replaces Frank Spotnitz-created drama […]

Amazon undercuts Netflix with Grand Tour offers

Amazon has slashed its Prime subscription rate in tandem with the launch of it £160 million Top Gear rival The Grand Tour. The Grand Tour, presented by the former team from BBC motoring series Top Gear, launched on Amazon in the US, Germany and UK today. Amazon slashed the price of a Prime subscription, which […]

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