Discovery and BBC sign global content partnership

02 Apr,2019

By  A Correspondent


Discovery Inc and BBC Studios have jointly announced a global content partnership spanning a library of premium factual series to power a new global streaming service. Additionally, the two companies have concluded the future of UKTV’s channels business in the UK with a structured split that complements the strategic focus and commercial business of both organizations.


The new 10-year content partnership, effective in all territories outside the UK, Ireland and Greater China, will make Discovery the exclusive global home of BBC landmark natural history programmes in SVOD, including the Planet Earth, Blue Planet and Life collection of titles, the recently lauded Dynasties and others, as well as future BBC-commissioned landmark series from BBC Studios, following their linear transmission. Discovery also acquires SVOD rights to hundreds of hours of BBC programming across factual genres.


Said David Zaslav, President and CEO of Discovery: “As the two market-leaders in landmark natural history and iconic factual programming, Tony and I look forward to working together again – our teams represent over 100 years of combined experience.  Discovery will be taking that expertise and creating the definitive global streaming product for curious and passionate viewers of all generations who want the most trusted, family-friendly storytelling in the world.


Added Tony Hall, Director-General of the BBC: “The BBC makes outstanding natural history and science programmes.  They are ground-breaking and demonstrate the quality and depth of our know-how.  It is vital that we keep investing and growing them for the future.  This is our largest ever content sales deal.  It will mean BBC Studios and Discovery will work together to take our content right across the globe through a new world-beating streaming service. Global subscribers are in for a real treat: the best content on a great new platform. This is brilliant news for audiences here as it will enable the BBC to invest even more in factual programming for them.  That’s also why BBC Studios taking control of the UKTV channels that best fit our programmes is good news. It means a secure future with long-term commercial returns.  The UKTV team has done a fantastic job and I am delighted that will continue.”



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