BBC Studios today announced a deal with Orient International (Holding) Co. Ltd that will see the Asia premiere of Oceans: Our Blue Planet, a Giant Screen film version of Blue Planet II, in China. This deal includes the exclusive distribution rights to both 2D Dome and 3D Giant Screen formats of the film in China.
The Asia premiere of Oceans: Our Blue Planet will be held in the China Science and Technology Museum based in Beijing, China, on 15 April 2018.
Produced by long-time collaborators BBC Earth and OceanX Media, Oceans: Our Blue Planet takes audiences on a global odyssey into the largest and least-explored habitat on Earth. Featuring OceanX’s research vessel, the Alucia, the film is directed by Mark Brownlow (Blue Planet II, Tiny Giants) and Rachel Butler (Blue Planet II, Shark), and narrated by Kate Winslet (Titanic, Revolutionary Road, Snow Bears). The Chinese version is narrated by well-known dubbing talent Ji Guanlin, who has dubbed for both local and international stars including Jennifer Lawrence in Hunger Games and Anne Hathaway in Alice Through The Looking Glass.
Kelvin Yau, GM, Greater China, BBC Studios commented: “In the last two years, we have seen BBC’s natural history content gaining huge traction in China. BBC’s blue chip natural history titles, Planet Earth II, Blue Planet II and the BBC Earth film, Earth: One Amazing Day have all been extremely successful with audiences in China. We hope that this larger than life, immersive experience of the 2D Dome and 3D Giant Screen formats will enhance and extend the experience of our premium natural history content.”
“We are very pleased to once again partner BBC Studios to launch Oceans: Our Blue Planet in China. We pride ourselves on delivering quality content for science and technology museums across China, and BBC Earth’s premium natural history content is a natural fit for us. We are excited for the premiere of Oceans: Our Blue Planet and hope that families and school groups will visit the museums to learn more about our watery worlds.” said Ji Sheng Jun, Vice President of Orient International (Holding) Co. Ltd.
Other BBC Earth Giant Screen films that have been licensed to Orient for distribution are Tiny Giants and Earthflight, of which the latter was recently distributed to another two science and technology museums in Daqing and Liaoning. Each film is 40 minutes long and will run between six months and a year in cities in China including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Shenyang and Hefei, as well as Hong Kong.
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BBC Earth is a global portfolio brand that invites audiences everywhere to engage with the wonders of our universe. We bring amazing premium content, television and experiences to the world, across multiple platforms including branded channels, live events, digital & social media, AR/VR, theatrical releases for cinema & giant screen films, and consumer products. We believe that celebrating and connecting with our world is more important than ever, across nature, science, space and the human race. Along with our partners we are continually innovating to find new stories and experiences to bring insight, enlightenment and fresh perspectives to inspire us to think and feel differently about our world. From the epic to the everyday, BBC Earth brings you face to face with heart-pounding action, mind-blowing ideas and the sheer wonder of being part of this amazing planet we call home. BBC Earth is a commercial and global consumer brand managed by BBC Worldwide outside of the UK.
About OceanX Media
OceanX Media is a nonprofit media company whose aim is to create groundbreaking media rooted in cutting-edge science that inspires global awareness about the beauty, complexity and fragility of the ocean and its inhabitants. Founded by Creative Director Mark Dalio, OceanX Media partners with leading broadcasters, research institutions, conservation organizations and other production companies to chronicle open expeditions aboard the Alucia research vessel. As an innovative media platform leveraging scientific research and ocean exploration, OceanX Media creates content spanning short-form, broadcast, IMAX and 360-degree virtual reality to galvanize the global audience toward greater stewardship of the world’s oceans. OceanX Media is the media arm of OceanX, an initiative of the Dalio Foundation. For more information, visit www.OceanX.org.