BBC Worldwide and CCTV9 unveil Hidden Kingdoms in new co-pro

Louise Duffy | 10-04-2013
BBC Worldwide has announced its latest co-production agreement with CCTV9 at MIPTV, on Hidden Kingdoms, the forthcoming series from the BBC’s Natural History Unit.
The Chinese state broadcaster’s documentary channel agreed its first ever co-production deals with BBC Worldwide last year, on science series Wonders of Life and Generation Earth, and later on natural history title Africa.
Billed as ‘Pixar meets Life’, Hidden Kingdoms looks at the natural world’s smallest creatures, from chipmunks in North America, to giant rhinoceros beetles in Tokyo.
Paul Dempsey, president, global markets, BBC Worldwide said: “We’re really excited about this groundbreaking new series from the NHU, and pleased to be working with CCTV9 once again. The support of CCTV9 on Hidden Kingdoms guarantees it a huge audience in China, and helps the NHU to create a memorable series that will resonate with viewers all around the world.”
Liu Wen, channel director at CCTV9, commented: “The BBC’s Natural History Unit is renowned as a world leader in its field, so we’re very happy to be taking this new title to viewers in China. It’s a unique project that brings something completely new to the genre, and we can’t wait to see the finished series.”
BBC Worldwide has previously brokered a co-production for Wild China (known in China as Beautiful China), between the BBC’s Natural History Unit and CTV, a production company under CCTV. The series, distributed by BBC Worldwide, has been licensed to more than 160 territories around the world.