China is making a big comeback as a coproduction partner at Sunny Side of The Doc, with several agreements announced over the course of the event.
CCTV9 has stepped in as a coproducer in France 2′s wildlife primetime doc The Wolf Odyssey, a €1.6 million long-form produced by French prodco Paprika Films in partnership with wildlife specialist Jacques Perrin’s Galatée Films, German channel SWR and French company Kwanza as international distributor. Pictured celebrating the deal, from left to right: Yves Jeanneau (Sunny Side of the Doc), Jacques Perrin (Galatée Films), Tian Yuan (CCTV9), Catherine Alvaresse (France 2), Laurent Baujard (Paprika Films) and Benjamin Ternynck (Kwanza).
The documentary, inspired by a recent true story, follows the journey of a wolf from Romania to Spain, where he meets his mate and starts a family. The CCTV9 partnership was facilitated by Kwanza, who established relationships with CCTV9 six years ago, producing the one-off doc Himalaya Gold Rush for CCTV9 and France 5.
Meanwhile, CICC (China International Communication Center) announced several coproduction projects involving international broadcasters. The media and production company said that its co-venture with National Geographic Channels, China From Above, will have a second season. It also unveiled a co-venture with public Portuguese broadcaster RTP, A Road of Wishes, about the history of porcelain and the impact of globalization.
“We want to act as a bridge between China and Europe,” explained Chen Lujun, president. “Porcelain is a symbol of oriental wisdom and we are happy to introduce that to the world.
“We are here at Sunny Side because we are looking to do more such coproductions, where producers from different backgrounds work together on a project and bring ideas together,” he added.
CICC coproduces about 10 documentaries per year, a figure which is bound to increase, Lujun said.
Other Sunny Side announcements also included a format adaptation and coproduction deal between Chinese prodco China Aviation Pictures and France’s Morgane Group. China Aviation Pictures will be adapting for CCTV channels Morgane’s factual series on must-see places for France 5, Les 100 Lieux Qu’il Faut Voir, as Big China Cities. Morgane will coproduce the Chinese adaptation.
For the second year in a row, Chinese broadcasters and producers exhibited at Sunny Side of The Doc at a China Pavillon, and organized a China Showcase.