MIPTV ’14: ZDF to coproduce BBC series “One Planet”

German pubcaster ZDF is teaming up with the BBC's commercial arm BBC Worldwide to coproduce One Planet, a landmark wildlife series being made by the UK pubcaster's Natural History Unit.
April 8, 2014

German pubcaster ZDF is teaming up with the BBC’s commercial arm BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) to coproduce One Planet, a landmark wildlife series being made by the UK pubcaster’s Natural History Unit.

The deal for the 6 x 60-minute series marks a continuation of BBCWW’s affiliation with ZDF, after the two partners previously teamed up to coproduce Frozen Planet.

One Planet is being produced by Emmy winner Vanessa Berlowitz (Planet Earth, Frozen Planet),¬†and promises a series of “spellbinding adventures introducing viewers to the rules of the game of life as it plays out across Earth’s great wildlife arenas,” according to the BBC.

Each episode selects scenes and stories from around the world to create a tour of our ecosystem. The series is currently in production and will deliver in 2016, and will use innovative filming techniques “to unite the canopies of the planet’s rain forests or the frozen summits of its tallest peaks in a continuous or ‘limitless’ zoom.”

In related news, ZDF has also signed on to acquire the BBC’s three-part natural history series Monkeys Revealed, which has also been sold to SVT in Sweden and WOWOW in Japan, as previously reported.

Peter Arens, director of ZDF’s department for culture and history, said: “Our relationship with BBC Worldwide has always been fruitful and has enabled our involvement in some of the best natural history programs in the world.

“To be a part of a landmark series like One Planet affirms how dedicated we are to bringing the very best of high quality factual programming to our audience.”

Isabelle Helle, BBCWW’s director for German-speaking Europe, added: “ZDF’s continued commitment to the most ambitious productions from the BBC NHU demonstrates the shared values we have and the dedication that both BBC and ZDF have to making these amazing projects happen.

“These shows have such universal appeal and with the involvement of ZDF we are able to bring it to the worldwide audience it deserves.”

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