BBC Studios, the broadcaster’s commercial and production division, has formed a long-term “strategic partnership” with Germany’s ZDF which will see them jointly develop and co-produce “world-class content”.
The BBC says today’s deal will allow them to produce shows “with international appeal” such as the previously announced The Mallorca Files which is currently in production.
The partnership also grants ZDF German first refusal rights on co-producing shows with the BBC’s Natural History Unit as well as the first option on BBC Studios’ factual catalogue, including science, history, documentaries and natural history.
ZDF’s Terra X brand is already the German home for BBC shows such as Frozen Planet and Planet Earth II.
Dempsey, President Global Markets, BBC Studios, said: “Producing ambitious, high quality TV content is all about partnerships.
“So this strategic deal, bringing two of the leaders of European public service broadcasting closer together, is a hugely important and exciting opportunity.
“Global hits like Planet Earth II wouldn’t have been possible without international partners like ZDF, which came on board early as a co-producer.”
“ZDF has been Germany’s key investor in our content over the last few years, and is the ideal partner, sharing the same editorial values.”
Norbert Himmler, Chief Content Officer, ZDF, added: “ZDF and the BBC are united by the aspiration to offer the highest quality programmes across all genres.
“The new substantial agreement consolidates the traditional and successful cooperation between the two broadcasters and strengthens our position against increasingly fierce competition – especially in times of limited financial resources.”