Life


Netflix to premiere Korean medical drama

Netflix has licensed Life, a Korean drama written by Lee Su-Yeon and directed by Hong Jong-chan and Lim Hyun-ook. The streamer will premiere the first four episodes of the drama in APAC markets (excluding Japan) and English speaking regions (excluding US) on August 4. Episodes five and six will stream on the same day as […]

Blue chip to new chip: natural history with bite

Stewart Clarke speaks to commissioners, producers, distributors and digital pioneers about their efforts to reimagine the natural history genre. Alastair Fothergill is the embodiment of blue-chip, making landmark series for the BBC and films for Disney Nature, but he is now seeking to reinvent the genre, out of necessity as much as anything. “When I […]

Netflix, BBC in key Planet Earth streaming deal

Netflix’s push into natural history programming continues after the streaming service secured US rights for the BBC’s entire Planet Earth series. The deal with BBC Worldwide North America could soften the blow landed on the BBC when Netflix last week announced it was working on a 4K Planet Earth follow-up with the series’ producer, Silverback Films, […]

Worldwide strikes worldwide SVOD deals

BBC Worldwide has struck a raft of deals with digital platforms around the world, shopping 2,300 hours of its content to buyers including Tencent in China, Amazon in Germany and fledgling Israeli SVOD service from telco Cellcom. Cellcom has acquired a drama package including Sherlock, Orphan Black and Luther (pictured). Amazon has also picked up […]

UKTV orders more of David Attenborough’s Curiosities

UKTV has commissioned a second, longer, run of natural history show David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities. The first series of the show was the highest ever rated show on UKTV’s Eden channel. It focused on animals that, for various reasons, have an intriguing biology. The new 10x30mins series will feature two animals per episode that share […]

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 […]