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MIPCOM ’17: A+E teams with China partners on “The Silk Road – Reborn”

Global media content producer A+E Networks is teaming with Chinese media companies on the documentary The Silk Road – Reborn. Working with China Central Television (CCTV) and China International Television Corporation (CITVC), ...
October 18, 2017

Global media content producer A+E Networks is teaming with Chinese media companies on the documentary The Silk Road – Reborn.

Working with China Central Television (CCTV) and China International Television Corporation (CITVC), A+E will develop a one-hour version of the program that will be produced for broadcast in the U.S. with an extended, two-hour version slated for air across Asia.

The Silk Road – Reborn tells the story of the past, present and future of the Silk Road — an ancient network of trade routes connecting Asia and Europe — through the use of montages of ancient and modern landscapes coupled with images from China’s own One Belt, One Road project. The story involves more than 30 countries and regions across Asia, Africa, Europe, and America.

The documentary highlights China and other countries and regions along the Silk Road, covering economics, trade and financial cooperation, cultural exchange and ecosystem cooperation.

It includes contributions from Peter Frankopan, professor of global history at Oxford University Peter Frankopan, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi and Nobel laureate Thomas Sargent, as well observations from former secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with CITVC on this important documentary as we further the growth of our footprint outside the U.S. through strategic partnerships for content production,” said Edward Sabin (pictured), executive managing director of A+E Networks International, in a statement.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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