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29 October 2014
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The Blue Planet set for movie release

BBC Worldwide, the commercial consumer arm of the BBC, has signed a co-production agreement with German based Greenlight Media, for a feature length version of the widely acclaimed BBC series, The Blue Planet.

Greenlight Media, the leading German executive production and international distribution company, will also coordinate all global sales activities in regard to the TV and video/DVD rights of the film in conjunction with BBC Worldwide.

This agreement is part of a long-term deal between BBC Worldwide and Greenlight Media to bring the best of the BBC's Natural History Unit output to the big screen.

A theatrical version of The Blue Planet (working title) will be far more than just a natural history spectacle, with plans for an emotive 90-minute roller coaster tour of the oceans. Academy Awardâ-nominated composer George Fenton is re-scoring the soundtrack and with minimum narration, the film will be a totally 'immersive' experience.

Alix Tidmarsh, Director of IPM Factual, commented: "To move such a significant step forward on a feature length version of The Blue Planet is very exciting. Greenlight Media's experience makes them the ideal partner to secure the funding we need to get this movie made."

Sophokles Tasioulis, Greenlight Media's Vice President of Production, said: "We believe natural history documentaries are so powerful and emotional that they should be put on the big screen. Teaming up with BBC Worldwide is just the right thing to do. This agreement will provide us with the best natural history productions worldwide."

Over 12 million people watched The Blue Planet when it aired on BBC ONE in the UK in September 2001 and regularly achieved an audience share of over 30%. A truly global phenomenon, it has since sold to over 50 countries.

The deal is another example of how BBC Worldwide is successfully extending its landmark programmes into new markets. In addition to the full range of BBC Worldwide products, Blue Planet Concerts have been staged and a 5-minute theatrical short played in 30 UK cinemas alongside the children's animated film, Help I'm A Fish!

The Blue Planet is a BBC/Discovery Channel co-production.

Notes for editors:

BBC Worldwide
Factual IPM (Intellectual Property Management) is the factual marketing division of BBC Worldwide. It was created to drive value from key BBC factual properties with genuine cross-media potential for development into global brands and properties. The IPM team works closely with the other divisions of BBC Worldwide and with BBC Television.

Greenlight Media and peppermint
Greenlight Media provides development, finance, production and distribution for international quality films. It is committed to delivering strong entertainment brands to audiences all around the world in both film and non-film media. Founded in 1993, Greenlight Media took off with the launch of the wildly successful animated TV series 'SimsalaGrimm', which has since been distributed to over 125 territories worldwide, making it Germany's number one exported TV series of all time.

Peppermint, Greenlight's distribution arm, is a global entertainment company providing content across all media throughout the world with offices in Germany, Hungary and Malaysia. peppermint's mandate is to acquire and distribute quality programming as well as theatrical feature films with strong international appeal across all genres. The company specialises in co-financing and project development through strategic alliances with international partners.



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