BBC Worldwide has been announced as the worldwide distributor of the 2015 Global Citizen Festival.
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin is the festival’s musical director and will curate six hours of performances at the festival in New York’s Central Park on September 26.
The six-hour live event will be streamed internationally – as well as a one-hour TV special crafted by this year’s creative director, BAFTA award-winning screenwriter, Richard Curtis.
“The Millennium Development Goals have helped save and change millions of lives,” said Curtis. “I’m thrilled to be part of a concert that’s going to launch the new Global Goals in the most entertaining and dramatic way possible – an amazing show to celebrate an amazing moment and make the goals as famous and potent as they can be – it will be full of the greatest music, extraordinary films and startling live visuals.”
The event, which will also feature special films created by Curtis and produced by Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich, also marks the launch of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, a 15-year plan to end extreme poverty and fight climate change. This six-hour concert will be edited into a one-hour TV show to bring all the excitement of this huge event to television audiences around the world.
Tim Davie, CEO of BBC Worldwide added: “We are thrilled to be participating in one of the biggest musical events of the century. This year’s concert is going to be the largest yet – and now audiences all around the world can be part of it.”
In the US the concert will be broadcast live on MSNBC. Last year’s event included performances from acts such as Jay Z, Beyonce and Sting.