Robert Redford, Jackie Chan join BBC’s Earth sequel

Robert Redford and Jackie Chan have come on board Earth: One Amazing Day, the UK-China coproduced sequel to the BBC’s hit feature doc Earth. The upcoming factual feature is currently in post production and is being made by the BBC and China’s SMG, with Goldcrest Films distributing. It will have a theatrical release, following the […]

BBC’s Top Gear gets new home in China

Top Gear has a new home in China after BBC Worldwide struck a deal for hundreds of hours of the motoring series with Shanghai Media Group’s BesTV service. The exclusive agreement will see BesTV become the only place, from early next year, that Top Gear fans will be able to see the show in China. […]

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 […]

FremantleMedia, SMG team for China formats

Producer and distributor FremantleMedia has joined forces with Shanghai Media Group’s BesTV and China Media Capital to create a new China-based division that will make entertainment formats for the local market. The new division will be based in Shanghai and develop original content for the Chinese market. FremantleMedia will sell the resulting formats internationally. FremantleMedia […]

MIPJunior Hot Pick: Beijing Opera Cats

SMG is one of China’s largest media companies and its kids and family division, Toonmax, is heading to Cannes with a new action comedy. The series follows a quartet of characters living in a fictional kingdom called Per-Petua. Orphan Lil’Pai teams with the last three remaining survivors of the Opera Cat warrior clan, who perform […]

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 […]

China’s SMG prepares to launch kids channel throughout South East Asia

Chinese media giant Shanghai Media Group (SMG) is preparing to launch a Mandarin-language kids channel throughout South East Asia. The as-yet-unnamed network will roll out in 2013 and feature content from SMG’s animation subsidiary Toonmax. The new service will have over 1,000 hours of new programming a year, according to the partners involved in the […]