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MIPTV ’14: BBCWW inks content deals for Chinese market

The distribution arm of the BBC has signed deals to provide natural history, lifestyle and factual programming to Hong Kong broadcaster TVB and Chinese Internet services provider Tencent. (Pictured: Frozen Planet)
April 8, 2014

Distributor BBC Worldwide has signed deals to provide natural history, lifestyle and factual programming to the Chinese market through broadcaster TVB and Internet services provider Tencent.

TVB, a free-to-air broadcaster based in Hong Kong, has acquired several titles that will begin airing in the second quarter of the year including the Richard Hammond-hosted How to Build a Planet; culinary show Michela’s Classic Italian; and the Steve Backshall-hosted wildlife series’ Supergiant Animals and Deadly Pole To Pole.

Meanwhile, Tencent will make more than 60 BBC Worldwide natural history and factual titles available on its VoD service including the blue-chip wildlife series’ Frozen Planet (pictured above) and Penguins – Spy in the Huddle.

Tencent has previously carried BBC drama series, with season one of Primeval attracting eight million views as of March, according to BBC Worldwide.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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