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Extra: “Big Pacific” heads to NZ; ZDF’s “The Spying Game” goes global

NHNZ’s “Big Pacific” swims to New Zealand Blue-chip 4K natural history series Big Pacific from storied New Zealand-based factual house NHNZ will premiere in the Kiwi country via Prime starting Nov. 25 ...
November 22, 2018

NHNZ’s “Big Pacific” swims to New Zealand

Blue-chip 4K natural history series Big Pacific from storied New Zealand-based factual house NHNZ will premiere in the Kiwi country via Prime starting Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Narrated by Nathan King, the 5 x 60-minute series (pictured) explores a variety of themes centered on the Pacific Ocean to reveal the sea’s most guarded secrets, with the fifth episode focusing on the behind-the-scenes making of the series.

Blue Pacific was created by NHNZ alongside co-production partners PBS and CCTV9, in association with ARTE, Channel 9, Discovery Networks Europe and ZDF Enterprises (who is also the distributor of the series).

Big Pacific premiered in the U.S., France, Germany, the UK, Japan and China in 2017.

It is being distributed internationally with initial sales to Italy, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, South Korea and Australia.

Andreas Greis becomes CEO of Streamwerke

German public service broadcaster ZDF Enterprises has appointed Andreas Geier as CEO of the company’s digital-first subsidiary Streamwerke.

In his new role, the former MD of Strandgutmedia and producer at ZDF Digital Medienproduktion will focus on producing digital video content for broadcasters, publishers and brands. In addition, he will be responsible for realigning Streamwerke’s overall strategy with the collaborative development and management of online content offerings.

Elsewhere, the European broadcaster has secured international sales for its three-part history series, The Spying Game: Tales from the Cold War.

Produced by ZDF Digital Medienproduktion in cooperation with ZDF Enterprises for ZDFinfo, The Spying Game (3 x 50 minutes) has been sold to Foxtel Australia, SVT Sweden, Czech TV, AETN UK for sub-Saharan Africa and South Africa, and Discovery for Poland. ZDF Enterprises holds the global distribution rights to the series.

The Spying Game looks at the mounting tensions between East and West during the Cold War and how the superpowers mobilized thousands of spies to unearth their enemy’s secrets.

Celestial Tiger to launch first slate of Cantonese original productions 

Celestial Tiger Entertainment will launch its first slate of Cantonese original productions on cHK, its Southeast Asian pay-TV channel.

The three series set in Hong Kong include The Other Side of Hong Kong, which explores the city’s hidden gems with actor Jason Chan; Urban Legends, which follows actor David Siu as he explores the darker haunts of Hong Kong; and Hong Kong Stars Restaurant, which features Christine Ng as she takes foodies on a tour of the best culinary delicacies.

Audiences in Singapore can expect a new series to be launched each month from December 2018 to February 2019.

More original productions for cHK are planned for 2019.

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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