BBC Worldwide today announced it has sold natural history epic Frozen Planet to 12 international broadcasters. The landmark series, produced by Alastair Fothergill at the BBC’s Natural History Unit and narrated by world renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough, has been acquired by Australia (Nine Network), Japan (NHK), Belgium (VRT), Finland (YLE), South Africa (BBC Knowledge), New Zealand (TVNZ), Netherlands (NPO), Italy (RAI), Denmark (DR), Norway (NRK), Russia (Channel 1) and Sweden (SVT) and will be on offer to buyers at MIPCOM.
Steve Macallister, President & Managing Director for BBC Worldwide Sales & Distribution, says:
“BBC Worldwide has a long history of bringing to market the most captivating, and spectacular natural history series in the world. Frozen Planet, the latest offering from BBC Earth is nothing short of phenomenal and it’s no surprise to me that so many broadcasters have snapped it up before it has even gone to air.”
Joining Frozen Planet on the natural history slate at MIPCOM is another ambitious series, Great Barrier Reef. From the producer behind Wild China and Planet Earth, the series offers a definitive guide to the Australian reef, investigating how the reef was created, how it works, the intricate relationships between its inhabitants and how climate change and other factors might shape its future.
John Downer’s Earthflight will also wing its way to Cannes. More than three years in the making, the series shows viewers astonishing aerial images of the world as seen by migrating birds. In addition, inquisitive natural history series How Life Works uses cutting-edge technology to discover the secrets of our most crucial habitats and reveal why they are so special.
In science, Planet Dinosaur presents a brand-new global perspective on the prehistoric era. Using unique hi-tech graphics to bring to life the most awesome and amazing creatures that ever lived, the series is a completely immersive visual experience studded with curious facts and jaw-dropping action from the charismatic monsters.
Also fresh out of the lab are How Plants Made Us, a series offering a stunning new perspective on Earth history and Origins of Us, which explores the anatomical changes that have given us, and our ancestors, the edge.
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NOTES TO EDITORS
6 x 50’ - A BBC/Discovery/Antena 3 Television S.A./ZDF/Open University/Skai co-production in association with Discovery Canada
Great Barrier Reef
3 x 50’ - An official Australian/UK co-production. A BBC/Discovery Channel/Digital Dimensions co-production in association with the Nine Network Australia
6 x 50' – A John Downer production for BBC and Discovery Channel
How Life Works
4 x 50’ – A BBC/National Geographic Channel US co-production
3 x 50’ – A BBC/Discovery Channel/ZDF/Canal+ co-production
How Plants Made Us
3 x 50’ – A BBC production
Origins of Us
3 x 50’ – A BBC production
Frozen Planet, the latest offering from BBC Earth is nothing short of phenomenal