London-based distributor TVF International has secured a raft of digital content deals throughout China, and has also acquired China-specific projects.
The Beijing-headquartered entertainment brand Sohu has acquired 40 hours of crime, science and world affairs content. Titles under the deal include The Moving Visuals’ 8 x 30-minute criminal series Asia’s Underworld; Beach House Pictures’ 2 x 47-minute health investigation series Detox; and Clover Films’ 52-minute special Transgenders: Pakistan’s Open Secret (pictured).
Shanghai Media Group-owned digital platform BesTV, meanwhile, has secured 60 hours of lifestyle and history programming from TVF. Included in the package are such titles as Special Forces (6 x 48 minutes, Infocus Asia), about brutal training and technological combat capabilities in Asia’s elite Special Forces; The Science of Bubbles (1 x 60 minutes, Furnace Films), an investigative special on the science of bubbles; and Sean Bean on Waterloo (2 x 60, Wavelength Films), documenting one of history’s bloodiest battles.
As well, TVF has acquired a number of China-focused docs set for the international market.
A copro between True North and CICC, the 3 x 50-minute Secret China, which explores human stories in unknown Chinese landscapes, will be broadcast across CCTV during the Chinese New Year celebrations. The docuseries has also been acquired by France TV, World Heritage Channel, CCTV10, DRTV, AMC Central Europe and Fox Viajar.
The CICC and Infocus Asia-produced WWII: China’s Forgotten War (2 x 60 minutes), uncovering the country’s contribution to the Second World War, has been picked up by History Asia, while True North’s 4K special The Empress Who Ruled the World, about Empress Wu Ze Tian, has been picked up by Channel 4 in the UK and U.S. net Smithsonian Channel.
“Though the rate of Chinese economic growth may be slowing, interest in the country’s culture and history has never been higher,” said TVF’s China specialist, Julian Chou-Lambert, in a statement. “Our new China programs are produced with an international audience in mind, and always include Chinese coproduction partners or experts on screen, ensuring they provide unique insights from both inside and outside the country.”