Broadcasters, China (mainland), NEWS, United Kingdom — 04/03/2012 9:36 PM

BBC Worldwide partners with CCTV’s Documentary Channel

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During MIPCOM, BBC Worldwide and CCTV-9 have announced that they inked a co-production deal for the new science series “Generation Earth” and “Wonders of Life”.

The agreement marks the first time that BBC’s award-winning science unit will work with the Chinese state broadcaster. BBC Worldwide has the global distribution rights to both shows.

CCTV-9—CCTV’s documentary channel—will broadcast the new Brian Cox series “Wonders of Life”, which examines the story of life through physics, in the winter of 2012. “Generation Earth”, a study of ambitious engineering projects, will air on CCTV-9 in the spring of 2013.
Steve Macallister, the president and managing director of sales and distribution at BBC Worldwide, said, “BBC Worldwide has been doing business in China for over 20 years and has established a strong relationship with CCTV. We’re proud to bring the U.K. and Chinese creative sectors together on these educational and enlightening series.”

Liu Wen, the channel director at CCTV-9, commented, “The BBC is world-renowned for its factual programming, and we’ve had great success with titles such as Human Planet and Frozen Planet, so we’re very pleased to be partnering with them on two ground-breaking new series.”

Kim Shillinglaw, the BBC’s commissioning editor for science and natural history, added, “With the support of international partners like CCTV-9, our creative talent has the freedom to push themselves even further in producing outstanding programs.We’re excited to see the results in the finished series, which are large-scale, ambitious and informative.”

BBC Worldwide has previously brokered a co-production for “Wild China” (known in China as Beautiful China), between the BBC’s Natural History Unit and CTV, a production company under CCTV.  The series, distributed by BBC Worldwide, has been licensed to over 160 territories around the world.

. “Generation Earth” (3 x 50′) is a  BBC/Discovery Channel/CCTV co-production, with series producer Simon Finch (Richard Hammond’s Invisible Worlds, Death of a President) and executive producer Helen Thomas (A Renaissance Education, Kidnapped: A Georgian Adventure).

. “Wonders of Life” (5 x 50′) is a BBC/Science Channel/CCTV co-production. Series producer is James Van der Pool (Wonders of the Universe, Horizon) and executive producer is Andrew Cohen (Horizon, Can We Believe the Science?, Wonders of the Solar System). Wonders Of Life, hosted by particle physicist and BBC presenter Brian Cox.

CCTV also announced the launch of a new series about giant sinkholes in China, with ITV Studios Global Entertainment and National Geographic.

SOURCE: BBC, CCTV (2/04/2012)

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