BBC Worldwide has today secured a landmark agreement, signing its first ever co-production deal in Spain.
Negotiated at BBC Showcase by Claudia Danser, BBC Worldwide’s Head of Spain and Por-tugal, Wanda Films have confirmed that they will co-produce Earth’s Great Events, a major new series from the BBC Natural History Unit.
Earth’s Great Events features the planet’s most breathtaking natural events and the dramatic stories behind them – global climatic phenomena such as The Great Flood in Botswana and The Greening of the Serengeti, which transform entire landscapes, drawing in thousands of animals and determining their fate. A major six-part series filmed entirely in High Definition, it will combine the award-winning cinematography of Planet Earth with all the emotion and intimacy of a wildlife story.
Claudia Danser said: “Co-production relationships are a crucial part of BBC Worldwide’s strategy, paving the way for ever more ambitious productions for our global audiences to en-joy. Today’s deal with Wanda Films further strengthens and diversifies BBC Worldwide’s Spanish business, allowing us to work with this exciting new partner on this breathtaking new series.”
Jose Maria Morales, CEO, Wanda Films, added: “It’s a genuine honour for Wanda Films to partner with BBC Worldwide on this epic project. We hope and believe that it will be the be-ginning of a long and fruitful relationship.”
Wanda Films, which specialises in the production and distribution of European and Latin American independent cinema, has distributed more than 100 films since its creation in 1992, including Deep Blue, BBC Worldwide’s smash-hit ocean documentary film. Wanda Films also has Spanish distribution rights for Earth, the feature film from BBC Worldwide and Greenlight Media which will accompany the global phenomenon, Planet Earth. Today’s deal gives Wanda Films television and DVD exploitation rights for Earth’s Great Events through-out Spain.
The Executive Producer of Earth’s Great Events is Brian Leith, whose credits include Life on Air, Deep Jungle, and Congo. Brian is currently the Executive Producer of Wild China, the BBC Natural History Unit’s first ever co-production with China Television Media (CTV), the production arm of Chinese state broadcaster, CCTV.