BBC Studios ANZ and Universal Pictures Austalasia enter into home entertainment distribution agr

Aug 27, 2019

BBC Studios Australia & New Zealand (BBC Studios) and Universal Pictures Australasia (Universal) have signed a multi-year distribution agreement for Australia and New Zealand across physical formats. In Australia, BBC Studios’ broad range of content will be distributed by Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Australia Pty Ltd and, in New Zealand, by Universal Pictures NZ, and includes all sales, marketing and distribution. The news was announced today by Jon Penn, Managing Director of BBC Studios Australia & New Zealand, and Jim Batchelor, Managing Director, Universal Sony Pictures.

Jon Penn said: “We were impressed by Universal Pictures’ experience and creative flair in managing diverse, category leading portfolios. Their expertise will bring a fresh energy and focus to the delivery of physical formats through retailers to our customers.”

“We are proud to be partnering with BBC Studios to distribute their premium quality and award-winning content from many of the planet’s best program makers. Some of our first releases will be Bluey, the hit Australian animated television series for pre-school children, the stunning series The Planets and the wildly imaginative drama, Good Omens and we look forward to working with our Retail partners to launch these exciting new properties in Australia, as well as the BBC’s extensive library of content.” said Batchelor, Universal Sony Pictures.

“The BBC has consistently delivered world-class content across every genre and we are delighted to become BBC Studios’ Home Entertainment Distributor in Australia and New Zealand,” said Eddie Cunningham, Worldwide President, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.