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BBC sales bonanza at international television market

BBC Worldwide, the main commercial arm of the BBC, has concluded record programming deals at the Mipcom international television market in Cannes, 7 to 11 October 2002.

The company has notched up more than £5 million worth of co-productions and programme licensing agreements in the first few days of the market.

Overall business, as a result of its attendance at the market, is expected to generate more than £40 million for BBC Worldwide.

More than 1000 hours of programming, from across all genres, has been licensed to broadcasters around the world. Highlights to date include:

The natural history series Wild New World has been licensed to WDR Germany, SVT Poland, VRT Belgium, TV Catalunya, Tele Madrid, TV Valencia and Euskal Telebista in Spain, and YLE Finlan.

The Life of Mammals
, David Attenborough's new ten-part series, to YLE Finland, SVT Sweden, VRT Belgium, ORT Russia, M-NET South Africa and ABC Australia.

The ABC has taken Walking with Cavemen, along with France 2, VRT Belgium, SVT Sweden and CBC Canada, whilst Sahara, Michael Palin's latest globe trotting adventure, has been pre-sold to 11 broadcasters including TVNZ New Zealand, ABC Australia, YLE Finland, VRT Belgium and NRK Norway.

Crime and Punishment, alongside Spooks, Mersey Beat, Tweenies and the new electrifying teen-action Ace Lightning have also been licensed to VRT Belgium, whilst the BBC's racy new period drama, Tipping the Velvet will be broadcast by CBC Canada and the BBC's hit comedy series The Office (series 2) by TPS Cinéma in France.

Ace Lightning has also been licensed to German terrestrial channel ZDF, HMG Netherlands and TVB Hong Kong.

In Australia BBC Worldwide Asia Pacific has signed an agreement with ABC TV to broadcast Fimbles, the latest addition to the BBC Worldwide Children's programming line-up, on ABC Kids in 2003.

BBC Worldwide also signed a record nine co-production agreements with broadcasters in Germany, significantly refocusing the company's business in the market.

ProSieben has co-produced the landmark series Lions, Walking with Cavemen and the three forthcoming Walking with Dinosaurs specials.

Public broadcaster NDR has signed co-production agreements for the new history documentary Pyramid and the three-part series Monsters We Met. ZDF will co-produce Human Hunter and The Race for Everest. (Monsters We Met and Pyramid are BBC /Discovery Channel/NDR Germany co-productions).

Rupert Gavin, CEO BBC Worldwide, commenting on the Mipcom deals said, "It's clear from our early successes that overseas broadcasters are eager to acquire rights to our plentiful supply of prestigious high-end programming.

"With early hits across all genres and all markets we expect great things for our new line-up of programming."

A raft of other deals for these titles and many more from across BBC Worldwide's portfolio is expected during the market and over the coming months.



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