Tubi and BBC Studios Enter Significant Content Deal to Bring Over 400 Hours of Premium Programming to FOX Entertainment’s Free Streaming Service
New titles start launching today and, beginning September 15, Tubi will be the U.S. free streaming home to “The First Team,” starring Will Arnett and “Life” written by award-winning screenwriter Mike Bartlett, as well as debut the Baby Cow-produced “High & Dry.”
[via press release from BBC Studios]
TUBI AND BBC STUDIOS ENTER SIGNIFICANT CONTENT DEAL TO BRING OVER 400 HOURS OF PREMIUM PROGRAMMING TO FOX ENTERTAINMENT’S FREE STREAMING SERVICE
New titles expand streaming’s largest library and begin launching today, with the U.S. premieres of The First Team starring Will Arnett, Life, and High & Dry launching on September 15
SAN FRANCISCO, September 1, 2021 – Tubi (www.tubi.tv), a division of FOX Entertainment, today announced it has entered a deal with BBC Studios, creators, producers and global distributors of world class British content, that brings over 400 hours of premium programming to FOX Entertainment’s free streaming service. New titles start launching today and, beginning Sept. 15, Tubi will be the U.S. free streaming home to “The First Team,” starring Will Arnett (“LEGO Masters,” “Arrested Development”) and “Life” written by award-winning screenwriter Mike Bartlett (“Doctor Foster”), as well as debut the Baby Cow-produced “High & Dry.”
Also as part of the deal, Tubi viewers will enjoy multiple seasons of long-running BBC series, including the beloved “Antiques Roadshow,” as well as “Atlantis,” “Misfits,” “Monarch of the Glen,” “The Musketeers,” “Primeval,” and “Robin Hood.”
“We are thrilled to begin our first-ever partnership with BBC Studios, showcasing the best in British creative talent,” said Adam Lewinson, Chief Content Officer, Tubi. “Viewers can now instantly access a wide cross-section of celebrated BBC content, including three series debuting on Tubi in the U.S.”
Dina Vangelisti, EVP, Content Sales, BBC Studios remarks: “BBC Studios has a growing footprint in the Americas, and we continue to explore news ways to meet our customers on their favorite services. The partnership with Tubi signifies a dedication to increasing our presence on AVOD platforms, expanding awareness of our powerhouse content catalog as well as bringing fresh programming to new audiences.”
Titles available on Tubi beginning today include “A Young Doctor’s Notebook,” “Atlantis, Bedlam,” “Blackout,” “Case Sensitive,” “Class,” “Confessions of a Serial Killer,” “Crime and “Punishment,” “The Fixer,” “The Guilty,” “In the Flesh,” “Inspector Alleyn Mysteries,” “Jack The Ripper: Prime Suspect,” “The Interceptor,” “The Lost Prince,” “Misfits,” “Monarch of the Glen,” “Moses Jones,” “The Musketeers,” “Primeval,” “Robin Hood,” “The Shadow Line,” “The Fades,” “Sarah & Duck,” “The Aliens,” and “Yakka Dee.”
Titles available on Tubi beginning Sept. 15 include “A Foreign Field,” “Black Easter,” “Consuming Passion: 100 Years of Mills and Boon,” “High & Dry,” “The Deep,” “The First Men in the Moon,” “Frankenstein,” “Life,” “Monarch of the Glen: Hogmanay 2003,” “Pride,” “The First Team,” and “The Turn of the Screw.” Select seasons of “Antiques Roadshow” also will be available beginning Oct. 15.
Titles premiering in the U.S. include:
“The First Team” (September 15)
Created by Damon Beesley and Iain Morris (“The Inbetweeners”) and starring six-time Emmy nominee Will Arnett (“LEGO Masters,” “Arrested Development”), Chris Geere (“You’re the Worst”), Jake Short (“A.N.T. Farm”), Jack McMullen (“Waterloo Road”) and Shaquille Ali-Yebuah (“iBoy”), “The First Team” is a character-driven comedy following the off-the-pitch escapades of three Premier league footballers. A Fudge Park Production.
“Life” (September 15)
Written by award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett, “Life” is a spin-off of the hit show “Doctor Foster” starring Victoria Hamilton (“The Crown”), Adrian Lester (“Hustle”), Melissa Johns (“Coronation Street”), Alison Steadman (“Life is Sweet”) and Saira Choudhry (“No Offence”), which explores the human capacity for connection in an increasingly splintered society.
“High & Dry” (September 15)
Starring Marc Wootton (“Nativity” film series), Harry Peacock (“Toast of London”), Vicki Pepperdine (“Getting On”), Grace Rex (“What Children Do”) and Asim Chaudhry (“People Just Do Nothing”), “High & Dry” follows a group of misfits who find themselves stranded on a desert island after their flight mysteriously crashes in the Indian Ocean. A Baby Cow production.
Tubi has more than 35,000 movies and television series from over 250 content partners, including every major studio, in addition to the largest offering of free live local and national news channels in streaming. The platform gives fans of entertainment, news and sports an easy way to discover new content that is available completely free.
Tubi is available on Android and iOS mobile devices, Amazon Echo Show, Google Nest Hub, and on OTT devices such as Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, Vizio TVs, Sony TVs, Samsung TVs, Hisense TVs, Comcast X1, Cox Contour, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X | S. Consumers can also watch Tubi content on the web at http://www.tubi.tv/
Tubi, a division of FOX Entertainment, is an ad-supported video-on-demand service with over 35,000 movies and TV shows, 65+ local and live news channels, and 250+ entertainment partners including content from nearly every major Hollywood studio. Tubi gives fans of films and television programs an easy way to discover new content that is available completely free.
BBC Studios, a global content company with bold British creativity at its heart, is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC. Able to take an idea seamlessly from thought to screen and beyond, its activities span content financing, development, production, sales, branded services, and ancillaries across both its own productions, and programs and formats made by high-quality UK independents. Award-winning British programs made by the business are internationally recognized across a broad range of genres and specialisms, with brands like Dancing with the Stars/Strictly Come Dancing, Top Gear, Doctor Who and Bluey. BBC Studios has offices in 22 markets globally, including ten production bases in the UK and production bases or partnerships in a further nine countries around the world. The company, which ordinarily makes around 2,500 hours of content a year for both the BBC and third parties including Apple, Amazon and China Mobile, is a champion for British creativity around the world. It is also a committed partner for the UK’s independent sector through a mix of equity partnerships, content investment and international distribution for program titles. To the BBC, BBC Studios contributes both cash dividends and funds for program-making, supporting the license fee and enhancing programs for UK audiences.
In the Americas, BBC Studios – with team members across the region – manages joint venture relationships with AMC Networks for flagship channel BBC AMERICA (U.S.) – home of original series Killing Eve and global brands Seven Worlds: One Planet, Doctor Who, and Top Gear – and with ITV for SVoD service BritBox (U.S./Canada), as well as a strategic partnership in Canada with Blue Ant Media for BBC Earth Channel and BBC First. The company also operates a robust linear and digital content sales and co-productions operation, as well as a franchise management business. In addition, BBC Studios operates a major production unit in Los Angeles responsible for the highly-rated, Emmy(R)-winning Dancing with the Stars, the multi-award-winning Life Below Zero, and the popular reboot of the classic quiz show Weakest Link. In Brazil, through a production partnership with Endemol Shine, local production Dancing Brasil has become a breakout hit. In addition, the company has recently launched BBC SELECT in the U.S. and Canada, an ad-free, digital streaming channel offering all-new documentaries across culture, politics and ideas, on Amazon Prime Video Channels and the Apple TV app.
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