BBC Studios has signed a partnership with BeIN Media Group to scout opportunities for the co-development, co-production and distribution of content in Qatar, the Middle East and Turkey.
As part of the collaboration, BBC Studios and BeIN envisage to seek possibilities for the development and/or production of content, while exploring the acquisition of additional BBC Studios’ digital content by BeIN to supplement the current BBC programming on beIN’s platforms. Included in the MOU is the agreement by BBC Studios and BeIN to explore investment in content production and for the two companies to collaborate on knowledge exchange and media business development opportunities in BeIN’s home market Qatar.
Earlier in 2018, BeIN introduced BBC Earth, BBC Studios’ global factual brand, as a linear channel across the Middle East and North Africa via its direct-to-home service. BBC Earth joined BBC Studios’ pre-school brand, CBeebies, which has been on the beIN platform since 2016. BBC Earth and CBeebies are also available as bespoke channels in Turkey via pay-TV operator Digiturk, which –along with Miramax studios – is also part of BeIN Media Group’s business.