BBC Worldwide has announced a co-production deal with China’s Tencent for Planet Earth II, marking the first time that BBC Worldwide will co-produce a documentary with a video platform in China.
The deal was sealed at a signing event on the second day of MIPCOM with Molly Feng, Director of Video Content Co-operation at Tencent, and David Weiland, EVP for Asia BBC Worldwide, representing the two organizations.
Planet Earth II will broadcast simultaneously in China at the same time as the UK on Tencent’s v.qq.com platform and its video app.
“A decade ago, Planet Earth redefined natural history filmmaking, giving us the ultimate portrait of life on Earth in HD. Planet Earth II is set to be another game changer. It will reveal our planet from a completely new perspective, using significant advances in both filming technology and our understanding of the natural world”, said Weiland. “We are very excited to be co-producing this landmark series with Tencent whom we have had a long and mutually beneficial relationship. This production partnership is an affirmation of the shared commitment we have in producing ambitious natural history content. Tencent’s involvement will bring this landmark series to a wider Chinese audience across Greater China.”
“We’ve been partnering with BBC Worldwide for some time now, working with them to bring in premium documentaries for our audiences in China,” said Jeff Han, VP of Tencent Online Media Group and GM of Marketing & Video Content Co-operation. “This co-production agreement signifies a new level in our relationship which we hope to grow further. We are confident that this is just the beginning of a fruitful and successful partnership.”
Narrated by David Attenborough and produced by the BBC’s Natural History Unit, Planet Earth II will reveal the planet from a new perspective. Shot in UHD and using the latest camera stabilization, remote recording and aerial drone technology, Planet Earth II will take the audience closer to nature and allow them to experience the wilderness as if they were there. Combining dramatic animal behavior and incredible wildlife spectacle, the six-part series promises to give audiences the most immersive wildlife documentary experience to date.