During its annual Showcase event BBC Studios has confirmed its first significant factual content deal in Italy with the country’s largest commercial broadcaster, Mediaset. The 25 documentaries will be broadcast by Rete 4, starting on June 24 with the first series of Dynasties II for three evenings.
The long-term agreement with Mediaset covers first-window pre-sales of natural history landmarks in the Italian territory including the BBC Studios Natural History Unit’s upcoming and highly anticipated, Frozen Planet II, Dynasties II and Planet Earth III. The content package also comprises of two additional commitments for factual content on Mediaset’s Focus Channel hosting an additional 25 hours per year.
Acquired titles from the BBC Studios catalogue for Mediaset’s portfolio of FTA channels include Animals with Cameras Series 2 and Mummies Unwrapped and can be seen on the channels later this Spring.
Salim Mukaddam, Senior Vice President, EMEA Content Sales said, “BBC Studios and Mediaset are united in their ambition to bring premium factual shows to Italian audiences. BBC Studios has an eclectic portfolio of world-class content and we’re thrilled that this new substantial agreement will ensure Italy has access to some of the most loved and much talked about shows from the BBC and leading UK independents.”
New factual titles presented at BBC Studios’ Showcase event include two landmark natural history series, Frozen Planet II and Dynasties II, alongside insightful documentaries Frida and Louis Theroux’s Forbidden America and premium science series Spectacular Earth.