BBC Worldwide has appointed four facility houses to provide content management and distribution services for its supply chain.

The facility houses selected are Technicolor, Loft London, JCA and BBC Studios and Post Production.

The companies will provide tape-based services to duplicate and distribute content to international broadcasters, including HD and SD material in multiple languages and a range of formats for BBC Worldwide’s global customer base.

The facility houses will also provide file-based work and have been integrated into BBC Worldwide’s digital archive partner, Sony DADC, to ensure file-based content can be managed and distributed globally.

BBC Worldwide SVP operations Ben Blomfield said: “It’s essential for BBC Worldwide to provide a timely, cost effective and efficient supply chain of content to our partner broadcasters around the world.

“These agreements will enable us to achieve this while continuing to deliver an excellent quality of service.”

BBC Studios and Post Production chief executive Anna Mallett said: “Our Digital Media Services team has a long history of delivering a broad range of high volume tape duplication and file fulfilment projects and we are delighted to have been awarded a contract as a preferred supplier for BBC Worldwide. 

“We are increasingly working with content owners across all sectors to help them repurpose and distribute their media assets.”

Loft London chief executive David Barrett described the deal as a “milestone” for the company.

He said: “We have been operating for over six years now, providing format transfer and content processing with file and tape delivery services for a number of global broadcasters and content owners, so our track record gave BBC Worldwide the confidence that we can deliver.”

Technicolor Creative Services UK VP Tom Cotton said: “Technicolor is delighted to remain one of BBC’s preferred facilities, which we believe to be a result of our great working relationship and quality of service.”

JCA managing director Simon Kay said: “JCA is proud to have held a service contract with the BBC for 25 years - the only facility that has spanned this period.

“During this time we have witnessed the move from analogue through to digital and high definition platforms for its content.
“We have a great deal of experience in managing and distributing the vast array of content that comes from the BBC, and to have worked alongside the BBC for so long is testament to the service the JCA team provide, both in quality and in efficiency.”