BBC Worldwide and Shanghai Media Group celebrate new BBC Earth and Sherlock cinema deals
Today’s announcements herald an exciting new collaboration between the Chinese and British creative industries. There is a keen appetite in China for premium British content and creating two new cinematic experiences in partnership with SMG Pictures is a landmark moment for two of our biggest brands, Sherlock and BBC Earth.Tim Davie, Chief Executive of BBC Worldwide
• Earth: One Amazing Day (working title) will be the sequel to the globally successful Earth (2007), the second highest grossing nature documentary ever released
• The new Sherlock 90 minute special is expected to be released in cinemas in China as part of a global cinema event to complement the UK television broadcast
BBC Earth Films and SMG Pictures announced today a partnership to create a major new feature film Earth: One Amazing Day (working title). The film is the official sequel to Earth and is the first feature film to be produced under the UK and China film co-production treaty.
The deal will be signed at a ceremony in London with Wang Jianjun, Director-General and President, representing SMG and Paul Dempsey, President, Global Markets, representing BBC Worldwide. The signing ceremony will take place at the creative showcase being held at Lancaster House on Wednesday 21st October as part of the official Chinese state visit to the UK.
Amongst the guests attending the event will be Sue Vertue, Board Director of Hartswood Films and Series Producer of Sherlock, to celebrate the announcement that Sherlock is expected to be shown in cinemas in China. Pending regulatory approval, the new BBC One Sherlock special will be released in theatres as part of a global cinema event. Since first launching in China in 2010 the series has developed a major following, with over 98 million views of the last season alone.
Tim Davie, Chief Executive of BBC Worldwide, said: “Today’s announcements herald an exciting new collaboration between the Chinese and British creative industries. There is a keen appetite in China for premium British content and creating two new cinematic experiences in partnership with SMG Pictures is a landmark moment for two of our biggest brands, Sherlock and BBC Earth.”
Madame Wang, Director-General and President of SMG said: “I am delighted that SMG Pictures will be the co-producer of the first feature film to be produced under the landmark UK and China film co-production treaty. This milestone event will act as a bridge between Sino-UK cultural exchanges and set up a new model for Sino-UK collaboration.”
Earth: One Amazing Day will be co-produced between SMG Pictures, the film and television production arm of Shanghai Media Group and BBC Earth Films. The ambition is to forge a new collaboration between the British and Chinese creative industries. Working with the BBC’s world leading nature film makers, Earth: One Amazing Day will be directed by the award winning British filmmaker Peter Webber (Girl with a Pearl Earring; Emperor; Hannibal Rising) together with a Chinese director still to be announced.
The film will tell the story of one extraordinary day in the life of our amazing planet, celebrating the billions of real life dramas that occur in the natural world every single day. Slated for theatrical release in 2017, the film will launch a decade after the release of Earth and will use the latest innovations in film technology to bring audiences an unforgettable cinematic experience. SMG Pictures will distribute Earth: One Amazing Day on the Chinese mainland.
For more information please contact:
Emma Finlay, Communications Manager BBC Worldwide Brands & Content:
Telephone: 07525 906 962 Email: Emma.Finlay@bbc.com
NOTES TO EDITORS
About BBC Worldwide
BBC Worldwide is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Its vision is to build the BBC’s brands, audiences, commercial returns and reputation across the world. This is achieved through investing in, commercialising and showcasing content from the BBC around the world, in a way that is consistent with BBC standards and values. The business also champions British creativity globally.
In 2014/15, BBC Worldwide generated headline profits of £138.6m and headline sales of £1,001.8m and returned a record £226.5m to the BBC. For more detailed performance information please see our Annual Review website:
About BBC Earth Films:
BBC Earth is the global factual brand for BBC Worldwide, the BBC’s commercial arm. BBC Earth Films seeks to take audiences on a journey of discovery, using entertainment to bring to life the incredible sights, stories and characters from the natural world. Combining Hollywood expertise with the BBC’s world-leading filmmakers, BBC Earth Films create unforgettable cinema experiences for all the family.
About the forthcoming Sherlock 90 minute special:
The Sherlock Special will see Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman reprise their roles as Holmes and Watson in a one-off episode set in Victorian London in 1895. The episode has been co-written by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss and will also see series regulars Rupert Graves, Una Stubbs, Louise Brealey and Amanda Abbington join the cast. It is directed by Douglas Mackinnon (Doctor Who, Line of Duty).
Sherlock is produced by Hartswood Films for BBC One and co-produced by Masterpiece
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