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Extra: BBC Studios nabs “Perfect Planet” pre-sales globally; ViacomCBS Int’l Studios streamlines distribution

BBC Studios takes A Perfect Planet to the world BBC Studios has secured pre-sales for its landmark natural history series A Perfect Planet to broadcasters globally. A Perfect Planet has pre-sold to Australia ...
October 7, 2020

BBC Studios takes A Perfect Planet to the world

BBC Studios has secured pre-sales for its landmark natural history series A Perfect Planet to broadcasters globally.

A Perfect Planet has pre-sold to Australia (Nine), Croatia (HRT), Czech Republic (Czech TV), Denmark (DR), Lithuania (LRT), New Zealand (TVNZ), Norway (NRK), Russia (Friday! and United Media Group), Spain (Movistar+), Slovenia (RTVS) and Sweden (SVT). BBC Earth channels across Africa, Asia, Canada, CEE, MEDME, Nordics and Poland will also be premiering the series.

The five-part, blue-chip natural history series (pictured) is produced by Silverback Films for BBC1 and Discovery. It is coproduced with Tencent Penguin Pictures, ZDF German Television, China Media Group CCTV9, France Télévisions and The Open University.

ViacomCBS Int’l Studios launches streamlined distro arm

ViacomCBS International Studios (VIS), a division of ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI), has launched a new arm, ViacomCBS International Studios Distribution, which will encompass all studio sales business including coproductions, presale, formats, tape sales and co-developments.

Under the unified structure, the company’s former IPS (International Program Sales) division, which previously focused on tape and format sales for network-branded content outside Latin America including MTV formats, is now combined with VIS’s sales division, which previously only focused on VIS original content revenues.

To lead the new unit, Lauren Marriott has been appointed SVP of sales and business operations and distribution lead for the UK, while Laura Burrell will serve as VP of international formats, both effective immediately.

Marriott will dually report to Pierluigi Gazzolo, president of studios and streaming at VCNI, and Arran Tindall, chief commercial officer and EVP, commercial and content distribution, VCNI.

Burrell will report to Kate Laffey, VP of VIS.

About The Author
Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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