AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
Our Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) business focuses primarily on linear channels, content sales and co-productions and live events, and in 2018 announced the opening of a production arm in Sydney making programmes for local broadcasters.
BBC First is a premium drama channel which has been broadcasting in Australia since 2015. Bespoke British entertainment channel UKTV and BBC-branded channel BBC Knowledge are available in both countries, with CBeebies also available in Australia. In Australia, the business has channel partnerships with the Foxtel subscription TV platform and IPTV platform Fetch TV, and in New Zealand with SKY TV.
The business provides programming for networks such as the ABC, Nine, SBS, Seven, Prime and TVNZ from the BBC’s catalogue, with an increasing number of deals done with digital platform operators such as Netflix, Stan and Lightbox. The sales team also seek out co-production funding from these partners and sell formats from the catalogue, such as The Great Australian Bake Off for Australian audiences on Foxtel’s Lifestyle channel, Coast Australia on Foxtel’s HISTORY channel, Filthy Rich and Homeless on SBS and Dancing with the Stars on TV3.
The ANZ team also works with partners to bring audiences closer to their favourite shows and talent through a host of live events, which has included a successful tour with Louis Theroux, as well as DVDs and consumer products.