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BBC Studios, Oxford Scientific Films, EOS Films link with China’s CITVC for nature series

BBC Studios, EOS Films and ITV’s Oxford Scientific Films have struck a coproduction deal with state-owned China International Television Corporation (CITVC), part of China Media Group, for the three-part docuseries ...
November 5, 2019

BBC Studios, EOS Films and ITV’s Oxford Scientific Films have struck a coproduction deal with state-owned China International Television Corporation (CITVC), part of China Media Group, for the three-part docuseries China: Nature’s Ancient Kingdom.

The series, launching globally in autumn 2020, explores the country and some of its earliest-known inhabitants.

In 2017, the Chinese government set up a system of 10 pilot national parks to protect the country’s rarest species. China: Nature’s Ancient Kingdom will travel to all 10 parks, unveiling a “hidden paradise” of animals, magical plants, landscapes and local communities.

Joint international and domestic crews are currently in Shennongjia National Park, the Northeast Tiger and Leopard National Park, and the Giant Panda National Park for autumn and winter shoots. Filming and production is expected to wrap up in September 2020.

BBC Studios has invested in the series and will handle distribution rights outside Greater China.

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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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