Magazine article Screen International

BBC, Shanghai Media Group Strike First Official UK-China Co-Production

Magazine article Screen International

BBC, Shanghai Media Group Strike First Official UK-China Co-Production

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BBC Earth Films and SMG Pictures have announced a partnership to create new feature film Earth: One Amazing Day (working title), with release set for 2017.

The documentary is the sequel to the BBC's 2007 documentary, Earth, and is the first feature film to be produced under the UK and China film co-production treaty, signed last year.

It will be directed by British filmmaker Peter Webber (Girl with a Pearl Earring, Emperor, Hannibal Rising), working with the BBC's nature filmmakers, together with an as-yet-unnamed Chinese director.

The deal will be signed at a ceremony in London today (Sep 21) 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 in London as part of the official Chinese state visit to the UK this week.

Amongst the guests attending the event will be Sue Vertue, board director of Hartswood Films and series producer of Sherlock, to mark the announcement that Sherlock - starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman - is set 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 more than 98 million views of the last season alone.

Tim Davie, CEO 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. …

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