sales value of BBC Worldwide's children's business grew by 21%
to around £90m.
Another record year for BBC Worldwide's children's portfolio,
including Teletubbies, Tweenies, Noddy, Bill and Ben, and many
other hugely popular children's titles.
Teletubbies, produced by Ragdoll Limited, is the BBC's most successful
children's TV property, generating £116m revenue since its launch.
The children's classic can be seen in more than 120 territories
around the world, versioned in 36 languages.
statistics remain phenomenal. In the UK nearly half a million
Teletubbies videos were snapped up during the year, bringing the
all-time figure to 3.6m. The books still prove to be great favourites,
with sales of nearly 400,000. A total of 4.7m Teletubbies books
have now been sold in this country. Around the world (excluding
the Americas) more than six million Teletubbies plush toys have
been sold. 100 million Tubby custard yoghurts have been sold in
the UK alone.
jointly commissioned by BBC Television and BBC Worldwide, and
produced by Tell-Tale Productions, has been successful across
a wide range of media from books to live shows. The programmes
have sold to more than 30 territories including France, Germany,
Spain, Brazil, Mexico and Australia.
than one million books, two million videos and a monthly average
of almost 200,000 Tweenies magazines have been sold in the UK.
Both the Tweenies single, No. 1, and the album, Friends Forever,
new-style Bill and Ben, made by Cosgrove Hall, launches internationally
in late 2001. It has already sold to Australia, Canada and Singapore.
Key retailers such as Woolworths have taken up the brand. Cosgrove
Hall is also making a new version of Andy Pandy for the BBC.
Robbie the Reindeer
This animation, made in partnership with the BBC Bristol Animation
Unit and Comic Relief, has won 13 industry awards. It has already
sold widely for transmission in 24 territories and to eight airlines.
Bob the Builder
is produced by HIT Entertainment plc. BBC Worldwide has Commonwealth
book and magazine rights and global multimedia rights; BBC Music
has obtained global record rights. As well as his UK chart-topping
success, Bob celebrated his second birthday with sales of more
than 120,000 magazines every month, and more than 800,000 books.
English Language Teaching (ELT)
ELT's multiple-media packages, Learning English with Ozmo and
English Zone for children, teenagers and adults were sold around
the world. Two new brands - Goal and Search, based on a TV drama
format and supported by online activities and publishing material
- are in development.
Other leading brands
Yoho Ahoy sold to eight territories, including South Africa and
Hong Kong; Angelmouse sold in Europe, Taiwan, Hong Kong; Rotten
Ralph sales include Korea and Japan; and Big Knights has sold
well in Asia.