BBC Worldwide and Multi Screen Media Form Joint Venture to Launch ‘Sony BBC Earth’ in India

This is a pioneering model for us. By working with a respected local partner of the calibre of MSM we can bring BBC Earth’s world class content to a new audience who we know have a huge appetite for premium factual programming.Paul Dempsey, President, BBC Worldwide Global Markets
Date: 16.09.2015     Last updated: 17.09.2015 at 08.38
Category: BBC Worldwide
BBC Worldwide today signed a deal with Multi Screen Media Private Limited (MSM) India to bring BBC Earth, a new premium factual channel, to Indian audiences.

BBC Earth is home to the BBC’s award-winning factual programmes and the work of some of the world’s foremost factual film makers. It showcases the incredible wonders of our universe, from the smallest creature under the microscope to the limitless expanses of space and brings viewers face to face with heart pounding action, mind blowing ideas and the wonder of being human.

The channel, called ‘Sony BBC Earth’ on air will broadcast in HD and will be available in Tamil, English and Hindi across India.   

BBC Worldwide will draw on its extensive catalogue of programming and reputation for excellence in the premium factual, while MSM which runs the Sony network of television channels in the country has extensive experience and expertise not only in programming but also in operating and distributing televised entertainment both in India and across the globe.

Both the formation of the JV as well as the launch of Sony BBC Earth is subject to necessary regulatory approvals in India, for which the process is currently underway.

Paul Dempsey, President, BBC Worldwide Global Markets commented on the deal: “This is a pioneering model for us. By working with a respected local partner of the calibre of MSM we can bring BBC Earth’s world class content to a new audience who we know have a huge appetite for premium factual programming.”

NP Singh, Chief Executive Officer, MSM said: “Sony BBC Earth is a joint venture (JV) between Multi Screen Media (MSM) and BBC Worldwide; with MSM owning the majority stake.  This partnership with BBC Worldwide gives us an unparalleled edge in distributing factual programming to viewers across MSM’s network in India and sharing with them, some of the best television content ever.”

“Sony BBC Earth will combine information and entertainment in real surroundings.  And audiences that crave the virgin thrill and adventure of exploring natural environments, demystifying science and rewriting history will find it difficult to meander away from this channel. We are confident that within a short span of time, this new channel will carve its own distinct positioning in the minds of the discerning Indian viewer.”

“We at MSM are putting together a whole new team to scale-up this JV with BBC Worldwide. This team will handle the programming, marketing, operations as well as sales and distribution of the channel.”

 

For more information, please contact:

Gavin Dawson | BBC Worldwide Global Markets |+ 44.20.8.433.3808 |  gavin.dawson@bbc.com

About BBC Worldwide

BBC Worldwide is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).  Its vision is to build the BBC’s brands, audiences, commercial returns and reputation across the world.  This is achieved through investing in, commercialising and showcasing content from the BBC around the world, in a way that is consistent with BBC standards and values.  The business also champions British creativity globally.

In 2014/15, BBC Worldwide generated headline profits of £138.6m and headline sales of £1,001.8m and returned a record £226.5m to the BBC. For more detailed performance information please see our Annual Review website:

http://www.bbcworldwide.com/annualreview

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About BBC Earth

BBC Earth is a global factual brand which seeks to inspire audiences in the UK and worldwide with the most incredible sights, stories and characters from the natural world. Commercially and internationally the brand is managed by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC. Since launch the brand has grown across multiple platforms including branded blocks on television, live events, social media, visitor attractions, theatrical releases for cinema and giant screen films and online on BBC.com. From 2015 the BBC Earth brand will launch new channels internationally that will be dedicated to bringing audiences premium factual content.

BBC Earth will launch in Asia on October 3rd, a rebrand of BBC Knowledge. The channel will be available in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia,, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. There is also a BBC Earth block in Japan on Wowow. In the last year BBC Earth has launched as a linear channel in Poland, the Nordics, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Turkey and Latin America.

About Multi Screen Media (MSM):

MSM is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation – which owns and operates the Sony Entertainment network of television channels. MSN comprises of Sony Entertainment Television (SET), one of India's leading Hindi general entertainment television channels; MAX, India's premium Hindi movies and special events channel; MAX 2, a second Hindi movie channel showcasing great Indian Cinema; SAB, a family comedy entertainment channel; PIX, the English movie channel; AXN, the leaders in English Entertainment Channel; MIX a refreshing Hindi music channel; SIX, India’s Premier Sports Entertainment Channel; Sony KIX, a youth-centric sports channel focusing on high adrenaline, fast-paced content and Sony LIV - the Digital Entertainment Channel.

The Network is in its 20th year in India.