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Thursday 27 Nov 2014

BBC Worldwide Press Releases

BBC Worldwide formats flourishing around the world

BBC Worldwide formats will reach a host of new audiences this month with 27 BBC Worldwide shows currently in production – including The Greats, The People's Quiz, Maria, Dancing with the Stars and Baby Borrowers - in 22 territories from the USA to Australia, Slovakia to India. All of these formats and more are being pitched at MIPTV, the annual content market held in Cannes.

Colin Jarvis, BBC Worldwide's Director of Formats, said:

"There's a real international appetite for local versions of British shows at the moment, both in the scripted and non-scripted arena, as the 27 titles we have in production prove. The fact that these shows can travel all over the world and can be translated into so many different versions is a testament to the quality of British creativity and the strength of British writing."

SCRIPTED FORMATS
Scripted formats from the BBC Worldwide catalogue are becoming increasingly popular internationally. Production has recently been completed on Life on Mars for Antena3 in Spain, while recent deals have just been concluded with VPRO for Yes Minister in the Netherlands and with Yes-DBS in Israel to produce a local version of The Office.

NON-SCRIPTED FORMATS
Factual and Entertainment formats continue to prove popular with international broadcasters. A Canadian version of The Week the Women Went is currently on air on CBC, while local versions of Baby Borrowers are in production in both Belgium (VTM) and Germany (RTL). The Greats format -which sees the nation vote for who they think is the country's greatest public figure - is currently being adapted for Georgia’s public broadcaster. The opening show in Greece gave the broadcaster Skai it’s best ever ratings in primetime last month.

In South Africa, entertainment format Friends Like These has been licensed to SABC, while in Belgium The People's Quiz and the Maria format are in production for RTL-TVi and VTM respectively.

Top Gear is also becoming an increasingly strong format for BBC Worldwide. The Russian version recently went to air on REN TV with Slavic hosts Nikolai Fomenko, Oskar Kuchera and Mikhail Petrovski, and Australian channel SBS is producing a second series of the show following the successful launch of its own version last year, which doubled the slot average on the channel.

Perennial format favourite Dancing with the Stars is still waltzing its way around the globe with 10 countries currently producing their own local versions of the worldwide hit. The USA, India, New Zealand, Slovakia, Poland, Russia, Italy, Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands all have their celebrities strutting their stuff on the dance floor this month. More than 30 countries around the world have licensed the popular dancing format, including Bulgaria which licensed their first series just last year. The format was also named the world’s most popular television programme by TBI last year.


Cristina Dunn

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