The BBC Worldwide will be covering more than 800 hours of programming in the sub-Saharan Africa after securing sales to broadcasters and platforms. This include its deal with.
With ShowMax, BBC Worldwide acquired more than 200 hours encompassing over drama, comedy, natural history and kids’ with titles like ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ and ‘War and Peace’. Dealing with StarTimes, BBC Worldwide purchased more than 200 hours again of drama and comedy titles like ‘Luther’, ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Call the Midwife’.
kTN, the free-to-air channel from Standard Media in Kenya, on the other hand, licensed three British drama series, namely, ‘Atlantis’ (seasons 1&2) and ‘Sinbad’. With Mediamax network, BBC Worldwide was licensed with ‘Big Cat Diaries’ catalog for Kameme TV channel dubbed in Kikuyu language.
Commenting about the development, Joel Churcher, the VP and general manager for Africa at BBC Worldwide, said: “There’s an insatiable appetite for top-tier programs and BBC Worldwide content, in particular our drama series, are cutting through the wealth of content available and being recognized as some of the most popular shows across the continent”.
“We’re also excited to be hosting three new buyers from Africa this year. Iflix, a new SVOD service across the continent; NET2 T, a key free-to-air channel in Ghana; and also new pay-TV platform Econet Media Group. Each of them will get to see the very best of our new content for 2017 and also some of the best programs in our back catalog”, he further said.
On the other hand, Grant Welland, the executive VP of Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa at BBC Worldwide, revealed: “We’ll be celebrating the full spectrum of British drama, launching the follow-up to one of the BBC’s most successful natural-history programs, and introducing the latest series of the global hit Top Gear. With such a broad catalog of content, it will be very exciting to see what African broadcasters will be interested in bringing back to their viewers”.