ITV Studios, Fremantle, Banijay, All3Media, eOne to Launch London Screenings

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The first — virtual — event under the new banner will kick off March 1 following the BBC Studios Showcase in late February.

Five of the biggest London-based TV distributors — All3Media International, Banijay Rights, eOne, Fremantle, and ITV Studios — have teamed up to launch the annual buyers' event The London Screenings.

The distributors have long worked together to coordinate their spring screenings events, usually in the week following the BBC Studios Showcase, but from March they come under the London Screenings banner, with an annual event led by the group.

The London Screenings will launch on March 1 following the BBC Studios Showcase, which is scheduled to take place Feb. 22-Feb. 24.

The event will be held virtually — with a view to running physical events from 2022. The extended timeframe has been put in place to allow for the demands on buyers’ time in a virtual world.

"Over previous years, the week in London post BBC Studios Showcase has become a destination for key buyers around the world," said a representative. "This has been down to the caliber of the events and presentations arranged by the key London-based distributors. Having listened to our buyers, the logical evolution is for those companies to bring buyers a fully curated series of quality showcases across two weeks, each planned to avoid screening conflicts and all under the official banner of The London Screenings."