January 17, 2012

History of Science Sells to Public Broadcasters Across the U.S. at BBC Showcase Syndication

New Orleans, LA – BBC Worldwide’s Sales & Distribution division today announced the sale of over 260 hours of programming to PBS stations across the United States. The deals follow the company’s BBC Showcase Syndication event which takes place annually in New Orleans each October. Leading the pack in sales was History of Science – an intelligent series that depicts how the political upheavals of history combine with iconic inventions and discoveries, as well as the ideas of great thinkers, to create the advances that have transformed our lives today. Julius Cain, Vice President, PBS Sales, BBC Worldwide, America, brokered the deals.

Matt Forde, EVP, Sales & Co-productions, BBC Worldwide, Americas said, “BBC Showcase events give our sales team invaluable face time with clients. At BBC Showcase Syndication, we’re able to meet with our public broadcasting clients from across the country, screen the latest and greatest BBC Worldwide shows, and ultimately get a better grasp of what they’re looking for. This allows us to pinpoint the content that’s the best for their audience. The collection of programs we’ve sold this year is truly outstanding.”

PBS affiliates licensed first and second windows on quality BBC Worldwide titles, including Himalaya with Michael Palin, Wild Indonesia, Hannibal and Krakatoa: The Last Days as well as premieres on History of Science, Pleasure and Pain, The Queen’s Palaces, New Tricks, MI5 (AKA Spooks) and Space Shuttle: A Horizon Guide.

BBC Showcase Syndication was developed from the hugely successful annual BBC Showcases in Brighton, England and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. BBC Worldwide also hosted its second Showcase event in China last year.