BBc Worldwide Australia signs five year DVD distribution deal with Roadshow
Under the terms of the new deal, Roadshow will be the exclusive distributor of the entire BBC Worldwide DVD and Blu-ray catalogue in Australia and New Zealand for the next five years from 1 July 2012, as well as holding non-exclusive rights to BBC Worldwide DVDs in other parts of Australasia. Roadshow will also be responsible for the marketing and publicity of the product and will be re-teamed with the ABC to support the vast line up of BBC programs that appear on the national broadcaster’s channels.
The agreement ensures that Australian and New Zealand audiences can continue to access the best of British programs across all genres held in the BBC catalogue. Recent top selling titles include Frozen Planet, Doctor Who, Sherlock, the Royal Wedding, Planet Earth and Life (also winner of the Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association award for best specialist title).
The relationship with Roadshow will be managed by Amanda McGregor, BBC Worldwide Australia’s Director of Brands, Consumers and New Ventures.
Says Amanda McGregor: ‘DVDs are an extremely important part of our business in Australasia, and we’re delighted to be continuing our relationship with Roadshow, who have proved that the DVD business is very healthy if you have a quality product and distribute it with expertise and flair. Roadshow is a trusted partner with a deep passion for our programming and strong empathy with the BBC’s values. We are looking forward to continuing to work with Roadshow in creating engaging and innovative ways to extend consumers’ enjoyment of our brands’.
Says Chris Chard, Roadshow Entertainment’s Managing Director: ‘The sustained growth of the BBC label across Australasia is one of the great success stories in the Home Entertainment industry and our new agreement signals the start of the next exciting chapter in our relationship with BBC Worldwide. I am particularly pleased that we will be also be teaming with the ABC again, as our collaborative efforts have provided a unique and strategic platform upon which the BBC label has grown.’
Lynley Marshall of ABC Commercial adds: ‘ABC Commercial is pleased to be again teaming with Roadshow Entertainment to promote the BBC label in the territory. This is a continuation of the ABC’s extensive relationship with the BBC which has flourished over many years.’
For more information, please contact: Laura Dumbrell, Head of Communications for BBC Worldwide Australia, on +61 (0)2 9744 4502 or Katie Hull, National Publicity and Promotions Manager, Roadshow Entertainment, on +61 (0)2 9552 8627.
About BBC Worldwide
BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company exists to maximise the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the licence fee payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights. The company has five core businesses: Channels, Content & Production, Sales & Distribution, Consumer Products, Brands, Consumers & New Ventures, with digital ventures incorporated into each business area. In 2010/11, BBC Worldwide generated profits of £160 million on sales of £1158 million and returned £182m to the BBC. For more detailed performance information please see our Annual Review website: www.bbcworldwide.com/annualreview
About BBC Worldwide Australia
Australia is a priority territory for BBC Worldwide, focusing on growth across all five of its core businesses. Based in Macquarie Park, Sydney, the company’s addressable market share has trebled in three years. BBC Worldwide Australia wholly owns five channels; UKTV, BBC Knowledge and CBeebies in Australia; UKTV NZ and BBC Knowledge NZ in New Zealand; and is responsible for the sales, promotion and distribution of World News which transmits in both countries. It distributes great British content from the BBC and other producers to all free-to-air and most subscription channels in Australia and New Zealand. BBC Worldwide Australia is a stakeholder in Australian production company Freehand and has a joint venture company with ACP, Park Publishing, which publishes BBC-branded magazines in the territory. It works with partners to bring BBC Worldwide DVDs, digital apps, innovative products and live events to the local market, as well as offering advertising opportunities for the BBC’s world renowned bbc.com news site and lonelyplanet.com. BBC Worldwide Australia has recently launched the global BBC iPlayer in Australia.
About Roadshow Entertainment
Roadshow Entertainment is the leading distributor of DVD and Blu-ray in the Australian market. Part of the Village Roadshow Group and a division of Roadshow Films, Roadshow Entertainment is an independent distributor, which has contracts to distribute movies from several leading film studios and other independent production houses. Founded in Melbourne in 1954 with the first drive-in cinemas in Australia, Village Roadshow gradually expanded with the addition of more traditional cinemas in major population centres. To strengthen its position through business diversification, the Company entered the vertically related businesses of film distribution in the 1960’s and film production in the 1970’s.
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