Discovery inks China doc deal

International factual channel operator Discovery has launched a three year production deal with China’s State Council Information Office.

The agreement will see the broadcaster launch a raft of documentaries showcasing the country over the next few years. The first series to be produced through the initiative include China’s Man Made Marvels: Ancient Beijing and Man Made Marvels: Rebuilding Sichuan.

Recently announced 3D documentary series China, which will air on Discovery’s forthcoming 3D channel next year, will also be part of the pact.

Tom Keaveny, executive vice president and managing director, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, said, “With its amazing history and culture, the possibilities for documentary content in China are endless. Adding to China’s many firsts in today’s technological and engineering achievements, we will be producing our first 3D series as part of the China Imagica initiative. We are pleased to partner with SCIO to tell these intriguing stories and provide our viewers all over the world with a window to the wonders of China.”