After an extended tender process, DCD Rights has emerged as the winning bidder and will now distribute The Open University’s library of television content. The deal, which spans two years, covers more than 188 hours of content produced in partnership with the BBC and a further forty hours of upcoming programming.
With this deal, DCD Rights will be launching a number of OU titles to the international marketplace at MIPTV next week. Such titles that DCD are taking to Cannes includes two-parter Mark Miodownick’s Everyday Miracles, Escape from the Boardroom, Cold War Hot Jets and Volcano Live. Other OU series that DCD will be distributing includes Coast and Bang Goes The Thory, which is currently airing on BBC One.
“We are extremely pleased to have appointed DCD Rights, an independent distributor with a long and strong track record, to represent us”, said Dr Caroline Ogilvie, Head of Broadcast at The Open University. “We are justifiably very proud of our programming and are sure that DCD Rights will give it the hands-on attention it deserves; enabling even more viewers around the world to benefit from both its educational content and its entertainment value.”
While Nicky Davies Williams, CEO of DCD Rights, added: “We are delighted to be partnering with The Open University and to have the opportunity to offer this first class catalogue of programming to our clients. This high quality portfolio features the best in intelligent and thought-provoking factual content covering a wide range of subjects which have universal relevance and appeal, and will be of interest to many international broadcasters.”