Worldwide, Europe's largest TV distribution company, increased TV
sales to £150m in 2000/01.
UK TV export figures released by the British Television Distributors'
Association (BTDA) for 2000 showed a 5% increase in TV-related
sales, whilst BBC Worldwide's comparable sales increased by 21%.
factors in its success have been: BBC Worldwide's extensive channel
presence [see channels]; BBC-branded
blocks of programming, sold to more than 30 broadcasters; and
a number of global hits.
Licensing and Production
In 1999 BBC Worldwide developed a strategy with BBC Entertainment
to invest more than £300,000 a year into the production of game
show pilots. This has resulted in successes in the UK and internationally
with shows like The Weakest Link, Friends Like These and Dog Eat
is one of the hottest TV programmes in the world. Enormous media
was generated when America's NBC Network commissioned a US version
of the series, casting the BBC show's presenter Anne Robinson
as host. The Australian version holds the number one slot and
local versions are also on-air in Germany and The Netherlands.
BBC Worldwide is working with BBC Entertainment on plans for versions
in 40 countries.
game show, Dog Eat Dog, is now in development with NBC and in
Australia and France, while classic formats like Ready Steady
Cook and Antiques Roadshow remain firm favourites in many territories.
BBC Worldwide's own programme sales event, BBC Showcase 2001,
worth more than £40m annually, was the most successful in its
26-year history. Strong sellers included Tweenies, Love in a Cold
Climate, Walking with Beasts and new drama, The Lost World.
EMEIA (Europe, Middle East, India and Africa) region beat aggressive
budget targets and grew the business by 13% year on year, with
particularly strong growth of 82% in Russia and 48% in India.
A major first was a commission to produce Ji Mantriji, a Hindi
version of the Yes Minister series, made in India for broadcast
on Star TV.
Worldwide Americas saw a record year for both co-production and
TV sales, including factual programming with partner DCI such
as How to Build a Human, The Ballad of Big Al and The Human Face.
Drama co-productions include The Cazalets and Take a Girl Like
You with WGBH for PBS.
achieved a very strong programme sales performance, with 32% year
on year growth in Asia and Japan. A new subsidiary company, BBC
Worldwide Japan, was established.
Three BBC films carrying BBC Worldwide investment were completed
or released. Paul Pawlikowski's The Last Resort won seven awards
at Edinburgh. Roddy Doyle's When Brendan Met Trudy was released
in Ireland. Agreements were reached with USA Films and Downtown
for the US and UK releases of Julien Temple's Pandaemonium.