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BBC’s U.S. arm makes PBS splash

Pubcasters acquire more than 200 hours of programming

BBC Worldwide Americas has finalized sales on more than 200 hours of programming to PBS stations nationwide through its BBC Showcase Syndication event.

Sales were intitated at the third annual confab in October in New Orleans, with 59 public television programmers attending. Among the premiere options acquired were “Outnumbered,” “Electric Dreams,” “Lark Rise to Candleford,” “New Tricks,” “The Old Guys,” “Priceless” and “Waking the Dead.”

Other existing titles sold were “Hustle,” “Ashes to Ashes,” “Worst Week of My Life” and “Black Books.”

The BBC Showcase Syndication is a spinoff from the annual BBC Worldwide Showcase, which begins Sunday in Brighton, England.

“BBC Showcase Syndication once again delivered very impressive program sales for us, adding to the overall success of BBC Worldwide’s Showcase events around the world,” BBC Worldwide Americas exec veep of sales and co-productions Matt Forde said.

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