A group of major distributors — All3Media International, Banijay Rights, eOne, Fremantle and ITV Studios — have formalized the annual screening event held in London under the banner of The London Screenings.
The screenings – held for several years around the time of the BBC Studios Showcase — will launch virtually next year on March 1, with a view to return to a live physical event starting in 2022.
A spokesperson said in a statement: “Over previous years, the week in London post BBC Studios Showcase has become a destination for key buyers around the world. This has been down to the caliber of the events and presentations arranged by the key London-based distributors. Having listened to our buyers, the logical evolution is for those companies to bring buyers a fully curated series of quality showcases across two weeks, each planned to avoid screening conflicts and all under the official banner of The London Screenings.”
The 2021 BBC Studios Showcase, slated for February 22 to 24, is moving online for its 45th edition. The invitation-only event offers buyers the chance to see upcoming content from BBC Studios, and features production panels offering insight behind the scenes of the programming.
In September, ITV Studios launched its Fall Festival. The three-week virtual event included a space for buyers to connect with the ITV Studios sales teams (including global distribution, global entertainment and Armoza Formats) “face-to-face,” as well as a calendar of screenings and interactive and pre-recorded sessions.
With files from Barry Walsh
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