BBC Worldwide is the UK’s leading international TV broadcaster with a portfolio reaching more than 100 countries. Brands such as BBC Knowledge, BBC Entertainment, BBC Lifestyle, BBC HD, CBeebies and UKTV (Australia) operate internationally, while the UKTV joint venture with Virgin Media in the UK constitutes one of the biggest revenue streams for the business.
Key facts: BBC America is our single largest channel brand and reaches more than 68 million homes
BBC Worldwide acquires intellectual property from both the BBC and the independent sector, and creates new programming. Its production network makes local versions of popular TV formats in a number of overseas markets.
Key facts: Dancing with the Stars (the international version of Strictly Come Dancing) has entered the 2010 Guinness World Records as the world's most successful reality TV format.
BBC Worldwide’s key brands - Lonely Planet, Doctor Who, Top Gear, Dancing with the Starts and BBC Earth (an umbrella brand for the BBC’s natural history content) - are managed by this business, as well as a thriving Live Entertainment business, and management of BBC Worldwide’s global web properties and Gaming. It aims to maximise returns across all markets and formats.
Key facts: More than 6 million people have attended BBC Worldwide’s Walking with Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular live show in the US, UK, Australia, Japan, China and Taiwan. And more than 26,000 people visited the Doctor Who Experience at London’s Olympia within the first three weeks of it opening in February 2011.
As the world's largest programme distributor outside of Hollywood, this business reaches almost every country. It manages a catalogue of around 50,000 hours spanning all genres.
Key facts: Sales and Distribution is the only distributor to hold its own unique annual sales event. BBC Showcase has been entertaining international television buyers for more than 35 years and generates around £40 million worth of business for BBC Worldwide.
BBC Worldwide owns 2entertain - the largest UK-owned publisher of DVD content, which creates and sells consumer products on DVD, Blu-ray and download-to-own. Consumer Products also includes Audio and Music, a market leader in television distribution with more than 100 hours of content, and BBC Shop, a multi-channel retailer.
Key facts: 2entertain has seen £20 million paid for episode downloads on iTunes since its launch in 2008.
In 2010, the consumer magazine publisher sold more than 84 million copies across 30 titles. Subscriptions to BBC Magazines are currently at an all-time high of 904,867 (July-Dec 2010 ABCs), making BBC Magazines the top UK publisher by subscriptions. We also have 63 international licences.
Key facts: The four biggest selling titles are Radio Times, Good Food, Gardeners’ World and Top Gear.
Digital media activities are embedded into each business area. BBC.com, the international version of bbc.co.uk, currently reaches over 51 million global users each month. BBC Worldwide aims to increase its revenues from online businesses to 10% of the total by 2012.
Key facts: The Lonely Planet 1,000 Ultimate Experiences app briefly topped the entire iPad chart in summer 2010.
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