BBC Worldwide has closed a series of deals to bring four BBC Earth Giant Screen films to mainland China and Hong Kong in 2017. Tiny Giants, Wild Africa, Earthflight and Incredible Predators will screen in more than 20 science and technology museums beginning in January under pacts with Orient International Holding Shanghai Foreign Trade Co and Wuhan DDMC Culture Co. The nature docs will be presented in 2D Dome and 3D giant screen formats. Each is 40-minutes long and will run for between six months and a year in cities in China including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Shenyang and Hefei, as well as Hong Kong.
In a further UK/China tie-up, ITV Studios Global Entertainment has signed a scripted format deal with Huace Film & TV. Under the terms of the agreement, Huace will produce a Chinese version of an as-yet unnamed ITV Studios scripted format and also handle its subsequent distribution across Asia. ITVSGE will then oversee sales for the rest of the world. Last year, ITVSGE and Huace set a cooperative agreement with Beijing TV for Star On Ice to be produced in the Middle Kingdom in the lead-up to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games. The first series will air in January.
Warner Bros. International Television Production has appointed Fredrik Hillerbrand as Managing Director for the company’s production operations in Denmark. The exec joins from Strong Productions, where he was CEO and oversaw the merger of Danish production companies Gong and Strix. He was previously MD at Strix, responsible for local production of a range of reality and entertainment formats including Kitchen Nightmares and The Farm. Based in Copenhagen, WBITVP Denmark produces entertainment, reality, lifestyle and high-profile documentary programming including adaptations of international formats and own developed formats like Chasing Frauds, Chasing Stolen Goods, Drugs In Summer, Generation 0, First Dates and Ask Charlie.
Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution has hired Dorothy Crompton as Vice President of Format Licensing. She will oversee the scripted format business and advise the international sales offices on their respective scripted format sales and strategy. In addition, she’ll manage the finished local production assets to facilitate Fox’s sales of local series to the international marketplace. The exec has more than 20 years experience in international television sales and was most recently managing director of sales at o2c, where she was the lead principal for worldwide television program sales distribution and media consulting. Crompton will be based out of the company’s Los Angeles office and will report to Gina Brogi, President of Global Distribution.