ABC Oz ‘will turbo charge natural history and can rival the BBC’

Phil Craig, the head of documentaries at Australian public broadcaster the ABC, says that a new international outlook and partnership with its US counterpart PBS means it will be able to rival the BBC in terms of international influence in the natural history sphere. Craig was speaking at the Sunny Side of the Doc event […]

Sunny Side reveals 2013 attendance numbers

The Sunny Side of the Doc documentary festival and market taking place in La Rochelle this week attracted 1,850 participants, its organisers said. That compares with 1,755 last year. Of the total, 293 were buyers or commissioning editors compared with 286 in 2012. There were 315 companies exhibiting in all and 22 first timers. Companies […]

More nets experience Magnificent Century

Broadcasters in China, Italy and Lithuania have licensed Turkish drama Magnificent Century. The show, will go into its fourth season in Turkey next year, has gone to Chinese pubcaster CCTV, Italian multi-ethnic broadcaster Babel and Lithuanian commercial channel LNK. It tells the story of a Sultan and his wife and their dramatic, underhanded and violent […]

Factual sales for Tricon

Canada’s Tricon Films & Television has sold more than 100 hours of factual and documentary content. Among the sales, ZDF in Germany and SBS’s Australian arts channel Studio have bought the 11x60mins Metal Evolution, with the latter also buying 2x60mins Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, which is about the titular cult rock band and one-hour doc […]

Australia, China pubcasters partner on preschooler

Australian’s ABC and China’s CCTV have come together on a new non-verbal preschool children’s comedy. Filming has begun on 52x12mins Hoopla Doopla, which has been in development for three years. The production includes a cast and production team from Australia and China and filming will continue over the next six months. Beyond Screen Productions and […]

BBC and CCTV cut another coproduction deal

UK and Chinese public broadcasters the BBC and CCTV have agreed a coproduction deal for an upcoming blue-chip factual project. BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, and CCTV9, the Chinese broadcaster’s factual channel, will join forces on Hidden Kingdoms. The deal follows previous copro agreements between the pair for Wonders of Life and […]

China’s CCTV buys more WotWots

Chinese public broadcaster CCTV has acquired more episodes of The WotWots, the preschool series produced by Pukeko Pictures. The live-action and animated kids show will air on CCTV 11’s Happy Playhouse block. CCTV has taken 78 episodes of the show, 26 of which were coproduced with Pukeko Pictures’ Chinese partner, Grand Entertainment Ltd (GZ).  Chinese […]

Red Arrow sells You Deserve It into China

German-based distributor Red Arrow has sold its gameshow You Deserve It into China. State broadcaster CCTV has ordered a local version of the show, which was devised by Deal or no Deal creator Dick de Rijk. The local version of the show will debut on CCTV 1 in January in a primetime slot. Red Arrow […]

China’s CCTV to remake Sony’s Dancing Nation

Chinese broadcaster CCTV is launching a local version of Sony’s dance competition format Dancing Nation. This marks the latest high-profile international format to launch in the country following deals for Masterchef, Cash Cab and The Voice. Sony Pictures Television sold a local version of music format The Sing-Off to Chinese broadcaster Shenzen Satellite TV earlier […]

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