MY FAMILY MAKES ITS US DEBUT ON BBC AMERICA
DLT Entertainment concludes international sales across diverse slate
Cannes, MIP-TV 2004: Leading independent production and distribution company DLT
Entertainment has sold its hit sitcom My Family to the US. BBC America has
picked up the award-winning programme which will make its US debut this
BBC America has ordered all 49
episodes of the first four series of the popular show with the option to license
further episodes in the future. The deal sees BBC America hold exclusive
broadcast rights for My Family for the first year. From spring 2005, DLT
Entertainment will simultaneously license the programme in the US through
caps a hugely successful year when DLT won accolades for My Family at the TV
Quick Awards and the prestigious National Television Awards. In addition, the
company cracked the competitive German market selling the format rights to the
long-running programme to RTL and to Poland’s TVP.
Consisting of 13 episodes, the fifth series
of the popular sitcom is currently airing on Fridays in primetime on BBC One in
the UK reaching an audience of just under ten million with a 38.5% share.
Produced by DLT Entertainment UK in
association with Rude Boy Productions for BBC One, My Family is created by Fred
Barron, written by a team of writers and stars highly acclaimed actors Robert
Lindsay and Zoë Wanamaker. The new episodes are written by an experienced team
of writers, headed by James Hendrie and Ian Brown.
The series has developed a dedicated
viewership both in the UK and internationally, with sales concluded in
Australia, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Dubai, Eire, Estonia, Finland, France,
Germany, Holland, Iceland, Israel, Kenya, Kuwait, New Zealand, Norway, Poland,
Romania, Slovenia, South Africa and Sweden. DLT Entertainment has the worldwide
format rights to the series and BBC Worldwide and DLT jointly handle finished
My Family focuses on
the life of Ben Harper, a moderately successful family man and dentist. He is
also undergoing a mid-life crisis and trying to cope with the bizarre reality of
raising his three, very different, teenage children.
Series one and two of the popular sitcom
were released on DVD this week by VCI quickly proving a hit with fans and
climbing to number 46 in the UK home entertainment charts after its first three
In addition, DLT Entertainment
has recently concluded a number of international sales for its popular comedy,
factual, drama and animated programming. All nine series of the ratings winning
sitcom As Time Goes By have been snapped up by Orbit for broadcast in the Middle
South Africa’s SABC has picked
up The Story of Mothers and Daughters and The Story of Fathers and Sons. The two
one-hour specials examine the poignant and powerful relationship shared by
mothers and daughters and fathers and sons around the world.
Neighbours, the popular Australian
serial-drama which focuses on the residents of Ramsey Street, has sold to US
cable network Oxygen. The hit is now in its 18th year of production and is
broadcast in 57 countries around the world.
DLT Entertainment has also concluded video
deals for its library of superb children’s programming, Animated Classics, with
Mercury in France and Thailand’s St. Grand Corp.
Donald Taffner Jr, Vice President DLT
Entertainment says: “Moving into the US market is an important step for My
Family and we are delighted to have concluded this deal with BBC America. The
show has proved popular with audiences around the world and we are confident it
will continue its success in the US. Our eclectic slate of programming continues
to have a broad appeal which is reflected by these recent deals.”
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Notes to Editors:
DLT Entertainment Ltd. is a New York and
London based company engaged in every aspect of television distribution and
production in the US, the UK and around the world, as well as stage production
in the US and in the UK.
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