BBC Worldwide and CCTV9 join forces for documentaries

Louise Duffy | 21-11-2013

BBC Worldwide has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China’s state broadcaster, CCTV Documentary Channel (CCTV9). The agreement, which is anticipated to see at least two major projects launch over the next six months, is centred around BBC Worldwide's premium factual content brand, BBC Earth.

The agreement will provide opportunities and platforms for partnerships between the two businesses, which have worked together on various projects over the past three years.

The MOU includes two key areas of collaboration: establishing a centre for story development – developing documentaries for television audiences which focus on the Chinese and Asian market but target a global audience; and developing TV and live event co-productions and expanding the distribution relationship - building on existing television co-production success to include more TV landmarks, exploring live event projects, and looking to expand the distribution relationship beyond TV

“We have been collaborating with BBC Worldwide on TV programmes for many years now,” said Liu Wen, managing director of CCTV9. “Like the BBC, we are committed to bringing high quality programmes to our viewers. We are excited that with this MOU, we will be able to extend our partnership to reach new audiences.”

Paul Dempsey, BBC Worldwide President Global Markets, said: “This MOU is a significant milestone in the history of BBC Worldwide's business in China and in our relationship with CCTV. The projects we will be working on will enable us to bring our flagship BBC Earth content to audiences across China and help bring together UK and Chinese creative talent."

BBC Worldwide and CCTV9 previously announced co-production deals for science series Generation Earth, Wonders of Life and Africa. In April this year the BBC's commercial arm confirmed a co-production agreement with CCTV9 on Hidden Kingdoms.