It all starts with great content
Drama, comedy, nature... the BBC has been behind some of the most watchable programmes in TV history, and our teams produce these shows in our own studios in the USA, India and France, as well as right across the UK.
We work with programmes from more than 250 indies, exporting the best of British content around the world. All providing revenue to invest in more great content, as well as keep the UK licence fee low.
Programme and Digital Sales
We sell TV hits from the UK across the world, in their original and re-formatted versions, to a wide range of outlets, from free to air broadcasters, to paid TV, to streaming services.
BBC Brit, BBC Earth, BBC First, BBC America, CBeebies... we take our channels all over the world.
FRANCHISE Brand Building
We extend enjoyment of our programmes through consumer products such as DVDs, books, toys, games and apparel; live events and tours; social media engagement; and theme parks like CBeebies Land in the UK.
BBC Studios is a powerhouse of bold British creative content. We lead the way in creative storytelling, and we’re known and celebrated around the world for the quality of our programmes.
For more than 50 years BBC production teams have crafted many of the UK’s favourite shows across a wide variety of genres and specialisms.
A unique combination of our BBC editorial values, cutting-edge craft, and access to diverse creative talent from around the country, helps us produce the boldest of ideas, all while generating financial returns for licence fee payers in the UK.
Programme and Digital Sales
Premium content is at the heart of what we do. Drama that keeps us on the edge of our seats. Comedies that make the world laugh. Nature programmes that transport us to hidden worlds. We don’t just reformat BBC content for sale to other commercial channels. We also commission from independent creators or produce content from our own studios in the USA, India and France.
Broadcast on CBBC, Deadly features the irrepressible naturalist and explorer Steve Backshall traversing the globe to unearth amazing phenomena in the natural world. No wonder the programme appeals to children and young people the world over.
Top Gear is available, not only in the UK, but in many countries including France, Malaysia, the Philippines, Poland, South Africa, Spain and the USA. It's a strong brand with DVDs, books, live shows and other merchandise. The motoring show can lay claim to being one of the most popular factual television programmes in the world, watched by an audience of 350 million in 214 territories.
Sherlock is licenced to over 225 territories globally, making it a major revenue earner for the BBC. In 2013, it was sold to more broadcasters worldwide than any other programme, while the 2016 New Year special, The Abominable Bride, was released on 6,000 cinema screens in Asia with phenomenal box office results.
Doctor Who is one of the BBC's best-selling brands. In 2015, Doctor Who Series 9 was watched in the UK by an average consolidated audience of 7.4 million. It was licensed to 189 territories and achieved record ratings on BBC America and Space channel in Canada. From 2016, Latin American followers of the Time Lord can enjoy the show exclusively on Syfy.
BBC Studios operates a number of channels worldwide. Take a look at some of our popular packages.
An online channel packed with premium factual entertainment that’s intelligent but irreverent. Aimed at men but with broader appeal, it’s an irresistible blend of expertise, entertainment, fact and fun. Home to Top Gear, QI and TFI Friday, BBC Brit covers a rich variety of subjects: cars, science, adventure, business, food, music, sport and comedy.
BBC Earth takes audiences on a thrilling journey of discovery. Sharing the incredible wonders of our universe, this channel promotes the work of the world’s foremost factual film makers. From the smallest creature under the microscope to the limitless expanses of space, BBC Earth brings viewers face-to-face with heart-pounding action, mind-blowing ideas and the wonder of being human.
The home of premium, original British drama, BBC First shows world-renowned, award-winning talent in front of and behind the camera. It delivers audiences the first chance to see stories that challenge, immerse and entertain, all with a unique British perspective.
FRANCHISE Brand building
The likes of Doctor Who and Top Gear are popular brands around the globe, and we are building these brands into full blown franchises across the BBC family. There are also genre brands like CBeebies and BBC Brit, and hugely popular formats like Bake Off and Strictly (Dancing with the Stars). We help the BBC and other content creators make the most of their wonderful products by building brands through distribution, events, social media engagement and merchandising.
In 2014, we took The 12th Doctor and his companion on the first ever Doctor Who World Tour – a 12 day global promotional tour – taking in South Korea, Australia, USA, Mexico and Brazil on the way.
When we launched BBC Brit and BBC Earth in Poland, we teased our fans and excited the press by taking a giant statue of Top Gear’s The Stig to Warsaw in celebration.
Now kids can play with the characters they love in real life. CBeebies Land at Alton Towers Theme Park brings to life some of the preschool channel's most-loved characters, with rides, immersive play areas and live experiences.