BBCWW inks copro deals with SMG, CCTV-9

BBC Worldwide has expanded its reach into mainland China, signing a raft of original content deals and copros with Shanghai Media Group and CCTV-9.
October 21, 2015

BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) has expanded its reach into mainland China, signing original content deals and copros with Shanghai Media Group and CCTV-9.

The first of the new deals sees BBCWW inking a deal with Chinese documentary channel CCTV-9 to co-produce BBC’s blue chip natural history series The Hunt.

The 7 x 60-minute Silverback Films-made series will document the unique relationship between predators and their prey. The program is a copro between BBCWW, BBC America, CCTV-9 and NDR NaturFilm.

Emmy winner Alastair Fothergill serves as executive producer, with Silverback Films’ Huw Cordey series producing.

The series will be broadcast on CCTV-9 China in January 2016.

Elsewhere, BBCWW has inked a deal with China’s Shanghai Media Group (SMG) to co-produce Coast China, detailing the unique character of coastal Chinese communities.

Based on the long-running BBC series, the commission is the third international version of the format following Coast Australia – which has just completed its second season – and Coast New Zealand. Production on the six-part Chinese edition will begin in spring 2017.

Currently in its 10th season in the UK, the series explores a raft of human stories by interweaving expert testimony, contemporary storytelling and aerial photography.

Coast China will be produced by SMG subsidiaries DocuChina and Yunjijianglai – a DocuChina auxiliary unit.

Finally, BBC Earth Films and SMG Pictures have formed a partnership to develop the tentatively titled Earth: One Amazing Day, a sequel to the 2007 documentary Earth.

Slated for a theatrical release in 2017, the film will document one day on Earth, celebrating the daily dramas that occur in the natural world.

SMG Pictures will distribute the film across the Chinese mainland.

Earth: One Amazing Day will be directed by award-winning filmmaker Peter Webber and a Chinese director who is still to be announced. It will be the first film produced under the UK-China film copro treaty announced in 2014.

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