Here’s Why BBC News Is Partnering With FedEx on a New Series About Global Trade

By A.J. Katz Comment

BBC Global News has struck a unique commercial sponsorship and branded content deal with Memphis-based FedEx Express around a new multi-platform series on BBC World News.

FedEx Express will be the exclusive sponsor of the digital hub for the new BBC World News series Made on Earth, which explores the story of the world’s changing trading networks, which help businesses reach billions of potential customers around the world.

“Trade is right at the heart of what drives our economies. We’re more interconnected than ever before and, despite rising trade tensions, volumes of traded goods have grown 24% in the last decade,” BBC Global News head of editorial Mary Wilkinson said in a statement. “Made on Earth takes the long view, and explores how we got here by revealing the intricate global networks behind eight everyday products; from spices to semiconductors, handbags to bicycles.”

Presented by Babita Sharma and Finn Aberdein, the series debuts this coming Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET, (2:30 a.m./3:30 p.m. Saturdays, GMT, and 9:30 a.m. / 9:30 p.m. GMT on Sundays) and includes eight half-hour episodes on BBC World News, and eight in-depth articles on BBC Future.

Sponsored by FedEx Express, the digital hub, will feature articles, links to episodes on the BBC’s video streaming section, BBC Reel, and a series of commercial films created by BBC StoryWorks, BBC News’ commercial content-marketing division.

In addition to being exclusive sponsor of the Made on Earth digital hub, FedEx Express is in the TV episode credits as being “delivered in association with.”

The series will also be subtitled into local languages to appear on international BBC News sites including BBC Afrique, BBC Brasil, BBC Chinese, BBC Mundo and in Japan, adding additional value to the deal for the shipping behemoth.

“As a facilitator of global trade, FedEx Express understands the critical role global networks play in connecting people with goods, services, ideas and technologies that fuel innovation and energize businesses,” FedEx corporation evp and chief marketing and communications officer Brie Carere added. “We’re excited that the Made on Earth series brings some of the fascinating stories of global connectivity and possibilities to life – it shows the value of international trade networks to businesses around the world, which is at the heart of what we do.”