British prodco Lion Television and Chinese science and education channel CCTV-10 have signed a deal that will see them team up for a project about the life and times of the teacher and philosopher Confucius.
The two parties will pool production resources to create both a major two-hour special with a seven-figure budget for the international market, and a series for Chinese audiences. According to a release from Lion parent All3Media Group, both sides will bring substantial financing to the project.
“This opportunity to coproduce fully with one of China’s leading channels marks a step-change in our work in China,” said Richard Bradley, joint MD for Lion Television. “To be able to make a project on this scale about one of China’s greatest and most influential historical figures is a real privilege. Ambitious TV projects like this offer a real chance to help broaden the world’s understanding of China.”
“This is a fascinating story about the great sage and how he transcends time and has made us Chinese who we are today,” added Yue Jin, controller of CCTV-10. “China can provide the world with exciting stories; in return, the world can provide China with experience and expertise in telling these stories.”