Chinese drama format deal for Sony

Sony-backed Chinese prodco Huaso has sealed a deal for a local version of comedy series Mad About You with media giant Shangha Media Group. Huaso Film/TV Digital Production is a joint-venture between Sony Pictures Television and pubcaster CCTV’s HuaCheng Pictures. SMG’s Dragon TV channel will put out the Chinese version of Mad About You, which […]

BBCWW wants China production base

BBC Worldwide wants an on-the-ground production base in China, the company’s country manager Kelvin Yau has told TBI. Worldwide, the commercial arm of UK pubcaster the BBC, has been actively coproducing with Chinese partners in recent years and is now looking to take the next step and set up a China production base. Yau joined […]

Chinese SVOD platforms buy DHX toons

Chinese subscription on-demand platforms have acquired animated programming from Canada’s DHX Media in two separate deals. iQiyi has taken AVOD and SVOD rights to more than 400 half-hours, including the original Teletubbies, Paddington and Caillou (pictured). iQiyi rival LeTV has taken English- and Mandarin-language OTT television rights (for smart TV and set-top boxes) and web […]

The Crown producer targets China drama

UK drama production company Left Bank Pictures is to begin targeting the Chinese market after signing a co-development deal with the China International Television Corporation. This pact will see Sony Pictures Television-owned Left Bank, which is producing Netflix royal drama The Crown, and CITVC working up English-language scripted programming for the Chinese and international markets. […]

News brief: Globo debuts Oz net, sells to China

Brazil’s Globo has secured a deal with Australian TV provider Luso Vision to bring its international channel to Australia and New Zealand. The Portuguese-lanaguge network will be available to local Globo subscribers. Furthermore, Globo has licensed telenovela Side By Side to Chinese state broadcaster CCTV.

Chinese statecaster sprinkles Peppa on slate

The Chinese state broadcaster, CCTV, has acquired broadcast rights to big-grossing preschool series Peppa Pig. The Astley Baker Davies-produced show will debut on children’s channel CCTV14 on June 23 following a deal with distributor Entertainment One. Peppa content will also launch on “leading video-on-demand platforms”, according to eOne, which is working with CCTV to create […]

US studios making Hollywood series for China’s CCTV

Several US studios have teamed to create Talking to Hollywood with Betty Zhou, a new Hollywood-skewed news programme for China’s CCTV6. Zhou, a Chinese film star (The Man with the Iron Fists) and sport and movie programme presenter, will front the series, which she co-created with Rob Moore, vice chairman of Paramount Pictures. Walt Disney Studios, Universal Pictures and Sony […]

Beta seals CCTV drama deal

Beta Film has sealed a raft of Asian sales including shopping a pair of drama series to China’s CCTV, TBI understands. The German-based distributor, which was meeting Asian buyers at the Busan Contents Market last week, has sold Spanish period drama Velvet (left) to Chinese state broadcaster CCTV. The series, which has been called the ‘Spanish […]

TV features heavily in top media firms list

Media agency ZenithOptimedia has ranked the world’s top media owners, with Disney, Comcast, Fox and CBS all in the top five. They sit after technology and serach giant Google, which takes the number one slot and has extended its lead in the position. “Google is now 136% bigger than the second-largest media owner [Disney], up […]

CCTV identifies CBeebies’ Waybuloo

Chinese children’s channel CCTV-14 has acquired CBeebies live-action/puppet hybrid Waybuloo. The deal hands the state-owned CCTV 150 19-minute episodes dubbed in Mandarin. CCTV-14 will begin rolling them out in March. Though Zodiak Kids, the children’s programming arm of Zodiak Media, owns the show, BBC Worldwide sells it in China and closed the deal.