BBC Worldwide and Spiegel strike partnership

bbc worldwide logoBBC Worldwide and Spiegel have inked a deal that will see the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster provide a range of programming to the German publishing group’s TV channels over several years.

The agreement will see Spiegel take a large number of factual titles from Worldwide for its Spiegel Geschichte and Spiegel TV Wissen channels. The pay TV nets will get some titles on an exclusive basis.

Spiegel Geschichte and Spiegel TV Wissen are join ventures between Spiegel and Beta Film and former Discovery Germany boss Patrick Hörl’s producer and channel operator Autentic.

“The factual programmes from BBC Worldwide are of the highest quality,“ Hörl said. “We are looking forward to strengthening our working relationship with our partner of many years.”

Isabelle Helle, director German speaking Europe, BBC Worldwide added: “For years, we have been working closely with our colleagues from Autentic. Reinforcing this partnership is another opportunity to position our programmes, as well as the BBC brand, as a first-class producer of documentary content in the German speaking territory.”

The news came as the BBC Showcase event in Liverpool drew to a close.

In related news Spiegel TV Wissen picked up a package of programming from France-based distributor Prime Entertainment Group.

The package includes one-off docs Chicago Ghetto & Gangs, Capetown, the Anti-Gang Squad and Narcos Andausia.

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