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Beeb, Endemol pact

Titles include 'House Invaders', 'Changing Rooms'

LONDON — BBC Worldwide has inked a three-year output deal with Endemol U.K. in what is the first of its kind for the pubcaster’s commercial arm.

Worldwide has invested against U.K. and international distribution of finished programs, program clip sales and video-on-demand rights for a portfolio of new and future BBC-commissioned shows as well as existing programs made by Endemol.

The titles include “Get a New Life,” “Ready Steady Cook,” “House Invaders,” “Changing Rooms” and “Ground Force.”

To date, Endemol gave rights to its BBC shows piecemeal, so the contract is a triumph for BBC Worldwide.

Like other big U.K. distributors, BBC Worldwide is keen to sign indies to exclusive deals in the wake of legislative changes that make it harder for broadcasters to retain rights to such shows.

Brokered by BBC Worldwide’s Simon Danker, director of U.K. and Eire television, the arrangement is expected to generate in excess of $8.5 million over three years.

“Joining forces with Endemol in this way demonstrates how independents are at the very heart of our business and growth opportunities,” said Helen Jackson, BBC Worldwide’s director of independents.

Endemol U.K. commercial director Lucas Church said: “The new terms of trade between indies and broadcasters have seen the field open up. BBC Worldwide has been very proactive in taking advantage of this new environment.”

Endemol will continue to sell its formats through its inhouse distrib arm.

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