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BBC Studios has inked a co-production partnership with China Media Group CCTV9 and Tencent Penguin Pictures for the BBC’s latest natural history series Seven Worlds, One Planet.
BBC Seven Worlds 6June2019
The deal was finalised at BBC Studios’ Natural History and Science Open Day in Bristol for broadcasters and platforms from around the world to discover the latest factual programming from the BBC and its independent production partners.

Set to broadcast in China simultaneously on both CCTV and video streaming platform Tencent later this year, the series charts the diverse wildlife on each of the world’s seven continents and how each continent shapes the life it supports.

The series celebrates the diversity of life on each of these continents, but also the many challenges faced by animals in a modern world dominated by humanity. By telling unknown, unseen and unexpected wildlife stories, the series uncovers the fundamental truth about what makes each one of our ‘seven worlds’ unique.

“We’ve been partnering with BBC Studios for some time to bring premium documentaries to our audiences in China,” says Shilun SHI (pictured, left), CCTV9 director in Programming Department.

“Our cooperation can be dated back as early as 2008 when Wild China was first co-produced between the two broadcasters. Over the years, we have been co-producing landmarks including Africa, Blue Planet II and Dynasties. We are looking forward to deepening our working relationship with BBC Studios on more fruitful and successful projects and believe it will help benefit the whole industry.”

Lexian Zhu (pictured, right), deputy director of Documentary Content Management Centre at Tencent Video added: “BBC Studios is the premium documentary content provider in the world and our partnership in co-production reflects Chinese audience’s interest in top level productions. We will continue to work with BBC Studios to bring best-in-class programmes to digital viewers in China.”

BBC Studio’s executive vice president for Asia, David Weiland, welcomed the relationships with CCTV and Tencent, saying the deal would not only take the BBC’s natural history to Chinese audiences but also to help the British broadcaster “invest in the next generation of landmark natural history programmes”.

The BBC Studios Natural History Unit (NHU) production, is also co-produced with BBC America, and European partners ZDF and France Télévisions.