BBC Studios’ Serengeti and Wild Metropolis secure global pre-sales

Date: 19.02.2019     Last updated: 19.02.2019 at 11.35
Category: BBC Studios
BBC Studios has announced a raft of global pre-sales of Simon Fuller and John Downer-produced Serengeti and the BBC Studios Natural History Unit’s Wild Metropolis ahead of Showcase 2019.

The six-part Natural History series, Serengeti, created by Simon Fuller, produced by XIX Entertainment and John Downer Productions for BBC and BBC Studios Distribution has been licensed to Discovery Channel in the US and Latin America, ZDF (Germany), SVT (Sweden), NRK (Norway), Telefonica’s Movistar+ (Spain), WOWOW (Japan), Ceska Televize (Czech Republic), SRF (Switzerland), ETV (Estonia) and LVT (Latvia).

Wild Metropolis, a three-part series by BBC Studios Natural History Unit and co-produced with PBS and Tencent Penguin Pictures has sold toArte (France and Germany), VRT (Belgium), NPO (Netherlands), MTVA (Hungary), Manoto (Iran) and TRT (Turkey).

Both series have been snapped up by Channel 9 (Australia) and KAN-Israel. Elsewhere they will be shown on BBC Earth in South Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, The Nordics, Middle East and Poland, as well as on BBC Player in Singapore and Malaysia.

Paul Dempsey, President Global Markets, BBC Studios, said: “Appetite for authentic and engaging factual content is growing year on year as audiences seek both emotive and relatable connections to the world around them. Serengeti and Wild Metropolis are two brilliant examples of Natural History series meeting these demands.”

Serengeti is a pioneering series which follows the interconnected stories of a cast of iconic savannah animals over one year. Using ground-breaking filming techniques and with unique access to a pristine and unspoilt corner of the Serengeti, it captures the drama of their daily lives and the emotional moments they face.

Inspired by the Cities episode of Planet Earth II, Wild Metropolis explores our cities from a fresh perspective- through the eyes of the animals who live in them. From humpback whales in New York’s Hudson river to colonies of megabats in Adelaide, meet the extraordinary wildlife living in the fastest changing habitat on the planet – our cities.

Now in its 43rd year and the first under the Studios guise, BBC Studios Showcase sees industry creatives, commissioners, producers, A-list talent and hundreds of the world’s top TV buyers assemble at the four-day event (17-20 February) where they will screen content as well as hear directly from BBC’s lead executives about future projects in all stages of development.

Other Natural History titles launching at this year’s Showcase include One Planet: Seven Worlds presented by Sir David Attenborough, Earth from Space and First Year on Earth.

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For more information, please contact:

Alexandra Thrift

BBC Studios, Communications Officer

Alexandra.thrift@bbc.com

NOTES TO EDITORS

 

About BBC Studios

BBC Studios, a global content company with British creativity at its heart, is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC Group. Formed in April 2018 by the merger of BBC Worldwide and BBC Studios, it spans content financing, development, production, sales, branded services and ancillaries. BBC Studios’ award-winning British programmes are internationally recognised across a broad range of genres and specialisms. It has offices in 22 markets globally, including seven production bases in the UK and production bases and partnerships in a further nine countries around the world. The company, which makes 2500 hours of content a year, is a champion for British creativity around the world and a committed partner for the UK’s independent sector. BBC Studios has revenue of £1.4bn, and returns around £200m to the BBC Group annually, complementing the BBC’s licence fee and enhancing programmes for UK audiences.

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Showcase Key Messages

  • BBC Studios sells programmes and secures content financing on behalf of the BBC and UK independent producers
  • BBC Studios is the biggest distributor of TV content outside of the US studios and Britain’s largest and most awarded TV production company with seven bases in the UK as well as production bases and partnerships in a further nine countries around the world.
  • BBC Studios Showcase is the world’s largest international TV market to be hosted by a single distributor
  • Hundreds of TV buyers, along with British TV executives, producers and financiers, attend BBC Studios Showcase which is in its 43rd year
  • Attended by A list on and off screen talent and some of Britain’s most successful creatives in the TV industry, BBC Studios Showcase brings together an array of Britain’s top executives from the BBC and the independent production community
  • With hundreds of digi booths available at Showcase, buyers collectively screen over 4000 hours of content during the four days

Programme Information
There will be co-production forums, masterclasses with major talent and insight sessions on global trends at BBC Studios Showcase along with premieres covering drama, natural history, music, comedy, science, history, documentaries, formats and factual entertainment
 

NATURAL HISTORY

One Planet: Seven Worlds

7 x 60’

Africa; Antarctica; Australia; North America; South America; Europe; Asia. Prepare to have your notions of these places transformed, One Planet: Seven Worlds has gone further than any other BBC series to capture the spectacular, unseen and unexpected stories of Earth’s Seven Continents.

Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, One Planet: Seven Worlds will air on BBC One later this year.

A 7 x 60’ production from BBC Studios Natural History Unit, co-produced with BBC America, Tencent Penguin Pictures, ZDF and France Télévisions.

Serengeti

6 x 50’

This pioneering series follows the interconnected stories of a cast of iconic savannah animals over one year. With unique access to a pristine and unspoilt corner of the Serengeti, it captures the drama of their daily lives and the emotional moments they face. Join the lonely lioness, exiled from the pride, the passionate baboon desperately trying to win back his lost love and the cheeky, fun-loving mongoose family on the lookout for a free lunch. Packed full of humour, heartbreak and nail-biting tension, their captivating adventures will keep you hooked. Using groundbreaking filming techniques to put you right at the heart of the action, Serengeti brings this incredible world of real-life animal drama to the screen in intimate and breathtaking detail.

Produced by XIX Entertainment and John Downer Productions for the BBC, the Discovery Channel and BBC Studios Distribution

Earth from Space

4 x 50’

Epic migration. Shifting Seasons. The turning tide. Cameras lie in space capture natural spectacles on an epic scale and are now so advanced that they can track down individual animals and humans. Cutting-edge technology tells the story of life on Earth from a brand-new perspective. Marvel at the dancing neon Northern Lights and the swirling blues of blooming plankton.

Zoom in on herds of elephant searching for water, and discover previously unknown colonies of penguins. Satellites also capture disappearing forests and show cities sprawling over decades. With the Earth’s surface changing faster than ever before, can the view from space inspire us to look after our unique and fragile home?

A BBC Studios Natural History Unit production for BBC and PBS, co-produced by Tencent Penguin Pictures

Wild Metropolis

3 x 50’

Humpback whales breach in New York’s Hudson River. Huge colonies of megabats have made Adelaide their home. African penguins find sanctuary and safe places to nest in Cape Town. Meet the extraordinary wildlife living in the fastest changing habitat on the planet – our cities. Animals have adjusted surprisingly well to city living. Not only are they applying their natural-born skills to this urban environment, they’re also making amazing adaptations. Inspired by the Cities episode of Planet Earth II, this series explores out cities from a fresh perspective- through the eyes of the animals who live in them. Discover the wilder side of the world you think you know.

A BBC Studios Natural History Unit production for BBC and PBS, co-produced by Tencent Penguin Pictures

First Year on Earth

3 x 50’

Remarkable behaviour. Emotional stories. Scientific revelations. First Year on Earth follows the dramatic lives of six baby animals as they grow up and experience their first 12 months in the wild. A baby mountain gorilla navigates the labyrinth of the forest. A young elephant leans how to tell friend from foe. And a litter of Arctic Fox cubs race to become self-sufficient before the cruel winter closes in. With intimate access and expert knowledge, this series casts a new light on the worlds of animal infants, troops and clans – and how much human actions are shaping the challenges they face.

A BBC Studios Natural History Unit production for BBC and PBS, co-produced by Tencent Penguin Pictures