Bilibili & WaterBear share co-pro budgets, rights flexibility & content demands

Chinese SVOD giant Bilibili and environmental-focused streamer WaterBear have shared their content demands, budgets and rights models in an informative panel at Sunny Side of the Doc this week. Taking part in a panel discussion at the market, the two streaming services shared their differing models, with both diving deep into co-production opportunities. Wei Su, […]

Show of the week: Green Planet

Natural history legend Sir David Attenborough is back on screens with this latest ambitious and high-end series as he guides viewers through an exploration of our planet from the perspective of its plant life. Travelling to the US, Costa Rica, Croatia and northern Europe, his globe-trotting journey will take in environments from deserts and mountains […]

Commissioning round-up: Showtime orders ‘Yellowjackets’; BBCS & Bilibili announce ‘Ancients’; Viaplay takes ‘We Children From Bahnhof Zoo’

Showtime orders ‘Yellowjackets’ ViacomCBS-owned US network Showtime has given a series order to drama pilot Yellowjackets. The series, from writers Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson, Entertainment One and producer Drew Comins, will begin production early next year in Vancouver and is also expected to debut in 2021. Jonathan Lisco is attached as exec producer and […]

News round-up: ‘I Can See Your Voice’ travels; Bilibili launches shorts program; Court TV launches on Freesat

‘I Can See Your Voice’ travels Broadcasters in Spain, Finland and Russia have ordered local adaptations of CJ ENM’s South Korean entertainment format I Can See Your Voice. Antena 3 has picked up the format for Spain, with Atresmedia producing in collaboration with Warner Bros. Warner Bros. International Television Production Spain. In Finland, the show […]

Sony anime streamer Funimation brings first Chinese offering to global audience

Sony Pictures Television-owned global anime streamer Funimation is launching its first-ever Chinese animation on the platform, following a deal with Shanghai-based streaming giant Bilibili to bring the series Heaven Official’s Blessing to global audiences. Launching today on Funimation platforms in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, the 11-part series will also become available […]

BBCS makes ‘significant breakthrough’ in China with Bilibili pact

Chinese streamer Bilibili and BBC Studios (BBCS) have struck a potentially far-reaching pact that will see the two companies partnering more closely on both existing shows and new content. The multi-year “strategic cooperation agreement” will see BBCS and Bilibili working together to commission new content, while also jointly developing IP from the two companies for the Chinese […]

Sony invests $400m in Chinese streamer Bilibili

Sony is ploughing $400m into streaming and entertainment service Bilibili, in a deal that will value the Chinese company at more than $8bn. The investment will hand Sony a 5% stake in Bilibili and also includes an agreement that the two companies will work together on entertainment collaborations in China. Bilibili operates across entertainment sectors, […]

TBI Weekly: The Future is Factual – The Top Unscripted Trends of 2018

Weeks after unveiling its long-gestating, multi-million-dollar collaboration with David Attenborough, Netflix made another strong statement in the factual space at this week’s World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP) where new recruit Sara Edelson – Los Angeles-based manager for original docs – eschewed the SVOD’s low profile strategy at markets, and met delegates out […]

Discovery, Chinese MCN target millennials

Discovery Communications and Chinese MCN VS Media have launched Tan Ba, a new digital service that programmed with shortform content. Aimed at Chinese millennials, the Tan Ba content will come from Discovery’s vast programming catalogue, and be customised and localised by VS Media, which Discovery bought into last year. Content on Tan Ba will be […]