BBC Worldwide pre-sells ‘Blue Planet II’ to broadcasters globally

MUMBAI: UK pubcaster the BBC’s commercial arm BBC Worldwide has pre-sold BBC Studios Natural History Unit’s new series, ‘Blue Planet II’, to broadcasters around the globe. The seven-parter, presented by Sir David Attenborough, has been pre-sold to over 30 countries and will be given an international premiere at Mipcom 2017 on 16 October.

New pre-sales for ‘Blue Planet II’ range from Canada (Blue Ant Media’s licensed channel, BBC Earth), Australia (Channel Nine) and New Zealand (TVNZ ) to Europe with Denmark (DR), Netherlands (NPO), Sweden (SVT), Spain (Telefonica’s BBC Earth block) and Portugal (RTP) all licensing the series.

In Central and Eastern Europe, Estonia (ETV) and Lithuania (LRT) have also come on board. Previously announced sales include Discovery Channel for Latin America and co-production partnerships with BBC America, Germany’s WDR and France Télévisions. Sony BBC Earth in India and BBC Earth channels across Africa, Nordics, Asia and CEE will also be premiering the series.

BBC Worldwide president global markets Paul Dempsey commented, “‘Blue Planet II’ is shaping up to be another big international hit, hot on the heels of the hugely successful Planet Earth II. The BBC Studios Natural History Unit are in a league of their own when it comes to producing global event TV with this new series being epic in scale, ambition and dedication.”

Filmed over four years covering every continent and every ocean, this sequel to 2001’s ‘Blue Planet’ promises to take viewers on a revelatory and magical journey into the greatest, yet least known parts of our planet. By using cutting-edge breakthroughs in science and technology to explore this final frontier, the series will reveal the astonishing characters, otherworldly places and extraordinary new animal behaviours.

Warm and compelling stories about marine habitats and their characterful inhabitants will build people’s emotional relationship with our oceans and bring a new perspective to this little-known world. Introducing the much anticipated Blue Planet II at the Cannes premiere will be Julian Hector, Head of the Natural History Unit, and Executive Producer James Honeyborne.