BBC Worldwide has secured a raft of new pre-sales for the BBC's landmark natural history series, Planet Earth. The latest broadcasters to sign up for the 11-part series are Prime Television (New Zealand), DR (Denmark), SVT (Sweden), YLE (Finland) and RUV (Iceland) in deals concluded at this year's MIP TV market in Cannes (April 11-15).
The BBC/Discovery/NHK co-production has also been pre-sold to the ABC in Australia, WDR in Germany, CBC in Canada and SIC in Portugal.
Due to air in 2006 (5 x 50') and 2007 (6 x 50') Planet Earth is the ultimate portrait of our planet and comes from the same award-winning team responsible for the acclaimed series The Blue Planet, led by series producer Alastair Fothergill.
Filmed in HD, the production is one of the most ambitious factual series ever commissioned by the BBC.
"The BBC has an unchallenged reputation in this genre. Planet Earth will be a flagship series for Prime and I'm sure it will attract the substantial audience it truly deserves," said Andrew Shaw, Prime Television's Programming Manager.
"Planet Earth is an enormous and very exciting project for the BBC," said Julie Dowding, BBC Worldwide's Head of Sales, Australasia. "We're very pleased that Prime TV and ABC will give viewers in New Zealand and Australia the opportunity to experience this stunning series."