Lion, CCTV-10 team up for Confucius copro

The project from the UK prodco and the Chinese science and education channel about the ancient philosopher will take the form of a major two-hour special for international audiences and a series for the domestic Chinese market.
June 27, 2013

British prodco Lion Television and Chinese science and education channel CCTV-10 have signed a deal that will see them team up for a project about the life and times of the teacher and philosopher Confucius.

The two parties will pool production resources to create both a major two-hour special with a seven-figure budget for the international market, and a series for Chinese audiences. According to a release from Lion parent All3Media Group, both sides will bring substantial financing to the project.

“This opportunity to coproduce fully with one of China’s leading channels marks a step-change in our work in China,” said Richard Bradley, joint MD for Lion Television. “To be able to make a project on this scale about one of China’s greatest and most influential historical figures is a real privilege. Ambitious TV projects like this offer a real chance to help broaden the world’s understanding of China.”

“This is a fascinating story about the great sage and how he transcends time and has made us Chinese who we are today,” added Yue Jin, controller of CCTV-10. “China can provide the world with exciting stories; in return, the world can provide China with experience and expertise in telling these stories.”


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