BBC Worldwide announces Australian deals

World Brief

BBC Worldwide announced a raft of deals with Australian networks on Tuesday.

Pubcaster the ABC has renewed a three-year first-option agreement covering a range of genres.

Recent acquisitions include the 11-hour series “Planet Earth” and a 41-hour children’s package.

Seven has taken “Ghengis Khan,” combining digital effects and live action footage; six-parter “Discovering Ancient Egypt”; and the three-parter “Massive Nature.”

Nickelodeon has also taken 60 hours of children’s programming, including docu-drama “Balamory.”

On the docu front, BBC’s flagship history strand “Timewatch” announced a new output agreement giving Discovery first-look access to four three-part miniseries.

The first will be “The Plot to Kill ….” Its first episode investigates the plot to kill Rasputin.