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DCD Rights renews output deal with The Open University

UK distributor DCD Rights has renewed a multi-year deal to distribute factual content from The Open University, securing worldwide rights to 160 hours of factual programming. The Open University, founded 50 ...
March 13, 2019

UK distributor DCD Rights has renewed a multi-year deal to distribute factual content from The Open University, securing worldwide rights to 160 hours of factual programming.

The Open University, founded 50 years ago, has worked with the UK pubcaster the BBC on landmark educational programming including Blue Planet, Child of our Time, Civilisations and Stargazing Live.

The renewed deal gives DCD Rights access to content including Magic Numbers: Hannah Fry’s Mysterious World of Maths (pictured) with Windfall Films, as well as Empire Of The Tsars: Romanov Russia With Lucy Worsley and Genius Of The Ancient World, both with BBC.

“The Open University’s entertaining and inspiring factual programming provides a world of discovery for wide audiences around the globe,” said DCD Rights CEO Nicky Davies in a statement. “The OU’s pedigree speaks for itself. Fifty years of pioneering new approaches to education, benefiting many generations, is really something to be celebrated and we are thrilled to continue this partnership and to play our part in ensuring these programs are distributed across the diverse schedules of global channels and OTT platforms.”

“Our strong relationship with DCD Rights is testament to the rigorous and considered approach the DCD team applies to OU’s catalog of factual programming,” added Caroline Ogilvie, head of broadcast and partnerships at Open University. “Over the years they have secured international exposure for the full range of OU’s content, including series and specials across a wide spectrum of topics, from history to business to science and sport.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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