As the annual BBC Worldwide Showcase kicks off in Liverpool, England, the commercial arm of the BBC has racked up pre-sales for a new coproduction between its Natural History Unit and France Televisions.
Monkeys Revealed (w/t), which spans the globe in search of apes, monkeys and lemurs, has been pre-sold to Sweden’s SVT and WOWOW in Japan.
Wowow has also picked up Countdown to the Rains and 24 Hours on Earth in addition to four other titles from the ‘Natural World’ strand which begins transmitting on the Japanese cable channel’s BBC Earth block, which begins airing in May.
SVT, meanwhile, has also licensed Wild Brazil from the NHU’s ‘Wild’ series, and has pre-bought other titles in the series, including Wild Alaska, Wild Patagonia and Wild New Zealand, in addition to Lands of the Monsoon.
Hidden Kingdoms, the three-part copro between the NHU and Discovery, CCTV, RTL and France Televisions, has been sold to NTV in Turkey, Canal Plus in Spain, National Television and Radio in Uzbekistan, and KBS in Korea in addition to WOWOW.
From BBCWW’s factual entertainment slate, season 20 of Top Gear has been licensed by Discovery France, while HRT Croatia has taken 120 hours in the genre. Meanwhile, Australia’s Foxtel A&E has picked up Life Below Zero, which follows a group of individuals living in Alaskan bush territory.
“Audiences everywhere appreciate great, well produced stories about the world they live in so it’s no surprise that factual is a hugely popular genre for broadcasters in every region,” said BBC Worldwide director of factual content Mark Reynolds in a statement.
The BBC Worldwide Showcase continues until February 26.