BBC Worldwide and China's CCTV9 will co-produce two science series.

Posted: 01 Apr 2012   Print   Send a link, 1 Apr 2012, Marissa Graziadio: "BBC Worldwide and CCTV-9 have inked two co-production deals for the new science series Generation Earth and Wonders of Life. BBC Worldwide will distribute the series globally, while CCTV-9 — CCTV’s [English-language] documentary channel — will broadcast the new Brian Cox series Wonders of Life, which examines the story of life through physics, in the winter of 2012. Generation Earth, a study of ambitious engineering projects, will air on CCTV-9 in the spring of 2013. ... Liu Wen, the channel director at CCTV-9, commented, 'The BBC is world-renowned for its factual programming, and we’ve had great success with titles such as Human Planet and Frozen Planet, so we’re very pleased to be partnering with them on two ground-breaking new series.'" -- I think this means the series will be broadcast on CCTV-9, and that BBC Worldwide can sell the series to other broadcasters around the world, thus deriving revenue for both BBC and CCTV. CCTV9 formerly was the name of CCTV's global English news channel. The English news channel is now CCTV News, with CCTV9 now the name for the English-language (including much Chinese-language content with English subtitles) documentary channel.

BBC Worldwide press release, 29 Mar 2012: "Ken Munekata has been appointed as President of BBC Worldwide Japan, effective immediately. He joins BBC Worldwide after nearly three decades at Sony Corporation, where he most recently held two roles concurrently – President of Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan and President of Sony Broadcast Media. Based in Tokyo, Ken will report to Joyce Yeung, General Manager & Senior Vice President, BBC Worldwide Sales & Distribution Asia. He will be responsible for leading the commercial activities and strategic development for BBC Worldwide across its Sales & Distribution and Consumer Products businesses, as well as live events and theatrical distribution. ... Joyce Yeung commented, 'I’m delighted that Ken will be heading up our business in Japan. With his extensive management and business development experience in the Japanese media industry, I’m confident he will bring new growth opportunities to BBC Worldwide Japan and create collaboration with other Asian territories.'"