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31/03/2009

Compact To Collect Australasian Rights Revenue For BBC Worldwide

Compact has announced that it has signed a deal with BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, for representation of its secondary and tertiary rights in Australasia.
This makes Compact the exclusive worldwide representative of BBC Worldwide outside of the US and Canada.
Compact will now collect the revenue for cable and satellite retransmission and education copying in Australasia. This partnership follows the success of the initial deal in June 2008, in which Compact was appointed to represent BBC Worldwide's secondary and tertiary rights in EMEA.
Compact will be collecting the rights for programmes managed by BBC Worldwide, which include dramas such as Cranford, comedies like Gavin and Stacey and factual entertainment such as Top Gear.
John O'Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of Compact, said: "When BBC Worldwide engaged our services we made a commitment to them to manage and increase their revenues.
"I believe we have surpassed ourselves and this appointment is testament to our hard work and dedication in managing their rights successfully. Australasia is an increasingly important territory for our rights holders, especially for BBC Worldwide, which enjoy a particularly strong affinity with the market."
John Aitchison, Rights Manager, BBC Worldwide, added: "The continuation of our partnership with Compact Collections further underlines BBC Worldwide's commitment to protecting the commercial exploitation of rights, delivering additional efficiencies and greater revenues for rights holders throughout the many international markets in which we operate."
In the last three years alone, Compact has collected more than £50 million on behalf of its clients.
The market leader in secondary and tertiary television rights administration has a proven track record of increasing television rights administration has a proven record of increasing revenue for broadcasters, distributors and production companies including National Geographic, FremantleMedia Enterprises and ITV Global Entertainment.
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