|BBC Worldwide and Veronis Suhler
BBC Worldwide has announced its intention to form a joint venture arrangement with leading independent merchant bank, Veronis Suhler, with funding to make acquisitions in the American markets. The partnership will build a major publishing- based consumer media company across our key brands in factual, childrens, music and lifestyle genres.
BBC Worldwide and Granada
BBC Worldwide and Alliance Atlantis
Our existing joint ventures with Discovery and Flextech are covered on On screens around the world.
Globally, programme licensing agreements with our JVs provide BBC Worldwide with an increasing income stream. We also benefit from an equity share in the joint venture channels and, once they reach break even, a share of the profits. There is no financial risk involved for the UK licence payer.
|The independent sector
BBC Worldwide has been strengthening its ties with the independent production sector. Significant improvements have been made in communications, project handling and reporting systems employed with indies. Procedural changes within the BBC have removed a number of disincentives which might previously have prevented indies from appointing BBC Worldwide as their distribution agent in its own right.
Indeed, BBC Worldwide now acts for a number of indies on non-BBC programmes as well as BBC programmes. BBC Worldwide is now as effective in winning rights from independents as from in-house BBC departments (measured as a proportion of rights won to those lost, from the rights made available to us).
We have developed highly flexible portfolios of rights to suit individual products, sharing rights on winning products such as Bob the Builder and S Club 7.