Fireworks inks worldwide BAFTA pacts

Brit kudos pact for carriage in 75 territories

Fireworks Intl. has sold TV rights for this year’s Orange British Academy Film Awards to 75 territories.

The awards, which take place on Feb. 13 at the Royal Opera House in London, will debut in Latin America with satcaster DirecTV, and will air on BBC America in the U.S., and UKTV in Australia and New Zealand.

In Europe, the special has been signed by Danish national broadcaster DR and NonStop Television for broadcast in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Benelux. HBO Central Europe has picked up the show for the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Poland, while audiences in India will receive the show through movie channel Sony Pix.

The special, which is produced by Malcolm Gerrie and Katherine Allen at Whizz Kid Entertainment, will air on BBC1 in the U.K., with red carpet coverage on BBC3. Jonathan Ross is the awards’ host for the fifth time. Red carpet coverage is hosted by Edith Bowman.

“The King’s Speech” leads the BAFTA race with 14 noms, followed by “Black Swan” with 12, “Inception” with nine, “127 Hours” and “True Grit” with eight each, and “The Social Network” with six.

Fireworks Intl. is the TV and digital distribution arm of ContentFilm.

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