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BBC announces WDR “Oceans” copro

BBC Worldwide announced at MIPCOM on Oct. 17 that German public service broadcaster WDR will be a copro partner on the BBC Natural History Unit’s forthcoming blue chip series Oceans. ...
October 17, 2016

BBC Worldwide announced at MIPCOM on Oct. 17 that German public service broadcaster WDR will be a copro partner on the BBC Natural History Unit’s forthcoming blue chip series Oceans. The deal continues a relationship between the two companies, with WDR being the home of Africa and Wild Atlantic.

Oceans is executive produced by James Honeyborne and builds on the BBC’s quickly growing underwater filmmaking portfolio, which was epitomized by 2001′s multi-award-winning Blue Planet (pictured). Oceans is due to be delivered in 2017. MIPCOM delegates will be the first to have an opportunity to see a scene from the 7 x 50 minute series on Oct. 18 (1:30 pm to  2:45 pm Palais Auditorium K) following BBC Worldwide’s premiere of Planet Earth II

Oceans draws on new filmmaking techniques that were not available at the time Blue Planet was shot, including new gyro-stabilized aerial systems, remotely operated submarines, 4K digital resolution, and new marine tracking techniques, all of which will capture the wonders of the world’s largest living space.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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