BBC Worldwide and Vivicast Media Join to Increase CalaClassic Channel’s Line-Up
of BBC’s Most Popular Series
For Immediate Release:
MEMPHIS/MIAMI (May 2, 2017) – Vivicast Media has finalized an agreement with BBC Worldwide expanding the current programming for the LORAC Communications-managed CalaClassics Channel from its current 700 hours to encompass over 1,000 hours of the BBC’s most popular classic comedies, drama series, and factual entertainment series.
New series added to the existing agreement include classic comedy series such as Chef (S1-3), which exposes audiences to the harsh realities of restaurant management; My Hero (S1-4), which depicts the adventures of an alien superhero who falls in love with a nurse from Earth; and Friday Night Dinner (S 1-4), a truly original series about growing up but not growing away. The deal also includes factual series like the wildly popular motor series Top Gear (S2-8), and hit drama Upstairs Downstairs (S 1-2), one of the most beloved of all times, as well as special episodes of the classic BBC series, Doctor Who.
“This new agreement expands considerably the presence of BBC Worldwide’s content throughout the Caribbean and underscores the enormous popularity that British content has in this region of the world,” said Anna Gordon, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, BBC Worldwide Latin America / US Hispanic. “We are confident that this kind of agreement will soon contribute to expand the presence of the BBC brand to all platforms in the Caribbean, including Pay TV, video streaming and open television.”
“Viewer response to our BBC line-up has been outstanding, and we are excited to expand the portfolio of high-profile BBC productions as part of the regular CalaClassics schedule,” said Executive Producer,Tony Marchand.
“We are pleased to finalize an agreement with BBC Worldwide resulting in the expansion of the renowned BBC library to The CalaClassic Channel, which continues to serve as outstanding broadcast home in the Caribbean territories for BBC’s extraordinary library of classic series programming,” said Stuart Smitherman, president of Vivicast Media.
About BBC Worldwide
BBC Worldwide is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Its vision is to build the BBC’s brands, audiences, commercial returns and reputation across the world. This is achieved through investing in, commercializing and showcasing content from the BBC around the world, in a way that is consistent with BBC standards and values. The business also champions British creativity globally.
In 2015/16 BBC Worldwide generated headline profits of £133.8m and headline sales of £1,029.4m and returned £222.2m to the BBC.
For more detailed performance information please see our Annual Review webpage: bbcworldwide.com/annual-review/.
CalaClassics is the most popular classic television service in the Caribbean, managed by Lorac Communications Inc., a fully integrated media company. Lorac is one of the largest independent media companies specializing in ownership, distribution, production and technical services in the Caribbean and Latin America. Through its offering, Lorac’s family of services engages more than 8 million viewers per day.
Lorac has established itself as a leader in the television and media space by experiencing tremendous growth and success through its brands and networks. Lorac’s top networks include the most popular weather channel and entertainment channels in the market.
About Vivicast Media:
Headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, Vivicast Media serves as a recognized leader in the global distribution of the highest quality 4K programming from world-class independent production partners. Vivicast also ranks among the top tier of worldwide distribution companies representing 24/7 linear television networks offering a full schedule line-up of 4K entertainment. As a pioneer in next-generation video technology, Vivicast was among the first to deliver linear content to the OTT market and continues its unparalleled commitment to format innovation through its distribution of 4K/Ultra HD programming to the global marketplace.