The BBC and Pact have agreed a new terms of trade deal for Children’s programming commissioned by the BBC.

Th deal will increase “the flexibility between linear channels and VOD, enabling the Corporation to keep up with rapidly changing audience habits.”

The change will mean children’s TV shows can appear in a complete box set on BBC iPlayer for at least 4 years, a significant increase on the current window.

Bal Samra Group Commercial Director said :  “This is a ground breaking deal which future proofs our delivery to Children’s audiences, providing maximum flexibility for the very best content whether on our branded channels or as complete box sets on BBC iPlayer”

Patricia Hidalgo, Director Children’s & Education said: “This new deal is great news for our audience, who will no longer have just a 30 day window to watch their favourite programmes on BBC iPlayer. Great shows that our youngest audiences love will now be available as full box sets for four years, meaning kids really can watch, whenever and however they want.”

John McVay, Pact Chief Executive, said:  “Having concluded Terms of Trade for other genres earlier this year, Pact is pleased to agree new terms of trade for children’s producers who will benefit from an automatically shorter initial licence period than other genres (down to 4 years from 5 years) and an increased share of net receipts.”

The terms will come into effect for entirely new commissions from 1st January.

The BBC will have a guaranteed period of 4 years flexible use across its public service platforms, whether on demand or linear, within the initial payment to independent producers.  Beyond the period of 4 years, there are further payments due to the producer for the BBC to keep using the programme. For titles which continue to be recommissioned, a payment of 1% per year is required which can continue for so long as the programme is a returning brand.

For titles which are not recommissioned, the BBC is entitled to make the 1% annual payment for 3 further years and if the BBC wants those 3 further years to remain exclusive to the BBC then an additional 1% per year is payable.  The BBC’s programme release policy will continue to apply and will be exercised in a “fair and transparent way.”  As with the terms agreed earlier this year for other Genres, the BBC will take a reduced backend, giving up 5% on each category of programme sales.

Jon Creamer

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