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British TV Programming Exports Increase

Annual UK TV export statistics released in April show that total revenue from the exploitation of TV programmes internationally reached �632m ($1.12 billion) in 2005, representing a whopping increase of 21 percent, up from �524m in 2004.

The figures were collated independently for Pact by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). 2005 saw positive growth in sales to all territories, with particularly encouraging figures coming from Germany, Spain and the USA, which all posted decreases in 2004.

Germany, a difficult, yet key country to sell to showed an increase in sales of 31 percent, following a decrease of 14 percent in 2004. Spain and the USA showed increases of 4 percent and 10 percent respectively, having shown decreases of 24 percent and 5 percent in 2004.

The largest rise came from sales to the rest of Western Europe, which showed an 85 percent increase in sales last year, largely due to a rise in pan-European deals. The growth in the sale of TV formats and local production also remained strong - up 60 percent to �42m in 2005, as did revenues from DVD and video sales, which rose 14 percent to �99m in 2005 from �87m in 2004.

The strength of this year's export figures shows the appetite for British television abroad remains strong. A fact emphasised earlier this month at the MipTV market in Cannes where, for the first time, more companies attended from Britain than any other country.

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