New Zealand-based factual prodco NHNZ and China International Television Corporation (CITVC) has secured a co-development deal for a new docuseries set to explore China’s most iconic landmarks, from ancient and modern architecture to natural wonders.
The 12-part Secrets of China will explore a variety of modern Chinese mega structures, locales and natural wonders including Tibet, the Forbidden City (pictured) and the Summer Palace. The series will utilize dramatic re-enactments and a mix of animation and CGI with original footage of priceless artworks and artifacts.
Germany’s ZDF Enterprises will handle distribution for the docuseries outside of the Asian marketplace.
Headquartered in Dunedin, New Zealand, NHNZ established offices in Beijing, China in 2002 and now serves as the largest outside producers of documentaries in the country. The company has since co-produced over 70 hours of documentaries with Chinese partners.
“NHNZ, as one of our crucial members of The Belt and Road Media Community, is a world-class television production company and we are glad to have this opportunity to cooperate with them. China has a rich culture. We hope such a series could help the westerners realize the beauty of this country,” said Shen Jianing, GM of CITVC-CHNPEC, in a statement
“CITVC is one of China’s top content producers and distributors,” added NHNZ MD Kyle Murdoch. “With our expertise in telling China’s story from the international perspective, such co-productions will help promote more premium Chinese content to the international market.”
The “Belt and Road Media Community” has attracted 53 media agencies and production companies from 33 countries with the aim of reaching consensus among the Silk Road media, which tells Silk Road stories and promotes interactive communications and cultural exchanges.