BBC Worldwide Showcase, the world’s largest international television market hosted by a single distributor, says it will welcome 700 TV buyers from around the world when it opens its doors to the second edition of the event in Liverpool on 24 February.
This year venue ACC Liverpool will be hosting special events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who as organisers spotlight the BBC Natural History Unit’s acclaimed Africa series, which the distributor has already sold to 12 countries.
BBC Worldwide is the largest distributor of TV programming outside of the US and BBC Worldwide Showcase enables the BBC’s commercial arm to generate programme sales. It accounts for around 20 per cent of BBC Worldwide’s annual programme sales.
Steve Macallister, President and Managing Director, Sales and Distribution, BBC Worldwide, said: “In another record-breaking year, we welcome our largest number of buyers to Liverpool, up by 10 per cent on last year, and we have two brilliant programme-themed evenings planned.
“Africa is certain to capture the imagination of our delegates as it has the British public over the past few weeks. What a perfect opportunity to also celebrate the world’s longest running sci-fi series with Doctor Who in its 50th year, at this biggest ever Showcase. We have a great slate of new titles across every genre and are delighted to be hosting some superb on screen talent over the four days of the event.”
Stars of BBC Worldwide’s key programmes who will be attending Showcase include Hollywood actor Gabriel Byrne, who plays the lead role in the BBC One drama Quirke, Elaine Cassidy and Emun Elliott from The Paradise, Mark Williams from Father Brown and Maria Doyle Kennedy who will be appearing in the new BBC America drama, Orphan Black. Also gracing the red carpet will be historian Simon Schama, MasterChef and Junior MasterChef presenters John Torode and Donal Skehan.
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Bob Prattey, Chief Executive of ACC Liverpool, said: “Last year BBC Worldwide brought its prestigious event to ACC Liverpool for the first time and it proved to be a great success.
“We have continued to work closely with the BBC Worldwide team throughout the year to build on 2012 and anticipate another terrific Showcase this year.”
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