BBC, PBS ready four new copros

Just weeks after they debuted the special Big Blue Live, the UK and U.S. pubcasters are teaming up on four new programs, as part of a copro deal signed earlier this year. (Pictured: Koko)
October 2, 2015

The BBC and PBS are teaming up on four new copros as part of an overall partnership deal signed earlier this year.

The UK and U.S. pubcasters are to partner on the 3 x 60-minute blue chip series The Great Race, following animal migration, as well as the hour-long special Koko (pictured), which tracks the lifelong relationship between the titular gorilla and Stanford University graduate and researcher Penny Patterson. Both programs will air on BBC1.

Meanwhile, BBC2 will air the 3 x 60-minute program Mountains, which uses innovative technology to cover some of the most iconic ranges of the world, in addition to 3 x 60-minute series World’s Sneakiest Animals, which looks at how animals use illusion, distraction, trickery and disguise to survive.

All four programs are to be produced by the BBC’s Natural History Unit, and come just weeks after the pubcasters aired the live special Big Blue Live, which examined a protected marine habitat off the coast of California.

In other PBS news, the pubcaster’s flagship station in New York, WNET, is teaming up with PBS Digital Studios for an original web series titled The ChatterBox with Kevin and Grandma Lil.

The program - produced by WLIW LLC for PBS Digital Studios – explores tech and pop culture, and will debut on a new channel within PBS Digital Studios’ YouTube network on October 8.

The webseries features 18-year-old Kevin Droniak and his Grandma Lil as they test new gadgets and games and comment on the latest pop culture trends. A new episode is to be released every week.

Diane Masciale is executive producer, while Hillary Sieber is producer. Vanessa McDonnell serves as editor, Marisa Wong is multimedia producer and Sophia Clark is associate producer.



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