BBC Worldwide forges co-production deal with Shanghai Media Group to make Coast China

BBC Worldwide has struck a co-production deal with Shanghai Media Group to make Coast China, a show about coastal communities in China.

The announcement:

Beijing, 21 October 2015) BBC Worldwide has signed a Memorandum Of Understanding with China’s leading media group, Shanghai Media Group (SMG), to co-produce Coast China.

The BAFTA-winning show is in its 10th series in the UK and celebrates the unique character of coastal communities in Britain – exploring a wealth of fascinating human stories through a mixture of expert testimonies, contemporary storytelling and stunning aerial photography.

Coast China will be the third international version based on the long running BBC series and follows Coast Australia which has just completed its second series and Coast New Zealand.

Coast China will be produced by one of SMG’s subsidiaries, DocuChina and Yunjijianglai, a subsidiary of DocuChina’s.  Founded by SMG in 2006, DocuChina is the first TV channel in China to air only documentaries. It has become a satellite channel since 2014, reaching an audience base of 400 million. Yunjijianglai, established in 2015, is a company specialising in international co-production projects.

“We are delighted to be cementing our relationship with SMG by announcing this exciting new phase of our long term alliance and look forward to working together towards the exchange of expertise and creation in the making of Coast,” said Kelvin Yau, General Manager, Greater China for BBC Worldwide.

“SMG and BBC Worldwide have enjoyed extensive collaborations over the years.  I’m delighted that our collaboration will now expand to this new co-production of Coast China. SMG is committed to producing top-notch documentaries for audiences in China and the world and this is a brilliant start.” said Madame Wang Jiannjun, Director-General andPresident, Shanghai Media Group.

Filming of Coast China, a six-episode series, will commence in Spring 2017.

Source: press release


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