Chinese internet giant Tencent’s film unit, Penguin Pictures, and British pubcaster BBC have signed a three-year copro and content development partnership.
Under the deal, Penguin Pictures and the BBC will also partner across business licensing, marketing and distribution of “content-rich” documentaries on a range of topics. The two companies – under the BBC and Tencent Video – have previously worked together, having jointly produced the 2017 natural history juggernaut Blue Planet II (pictured).
The agreement was part of a larger announcement between Tencent and the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT), in which a Memorandum of Understanding was signed to collaborate in the cultural creative industries. Other partnerships that Tencent will embark on include the British Fashion Council, British Tourist Authority, and more.
“The culture and technology industries in the United Kingdom are well recognized around the world, and we believe that there will be a lot of collaboration opportunities in the future,” said Seng Yee Lau, senior executive vice president of Tencent, in a statement. “Imagine a time, not long from now, when the empowering nature of digitization is available to everyone in the world. What we are doing today is a first step towards making that image a reality.”