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BBCS, Bilibili agree co-operation deal

BBCS scripted fantasy series The Watch

BBC Studios (BBCS) and Chinese online video platform Bilibili have signed a multi-year co-operation agreement covering sales and production.

BBCS and Bilibili will commission new content and jointly develop IP for the Chinese market, potentially including an animation project. The pair will also explore the potential for BBCS to invest in Bilibili-produced content.

A key element of the agreement is the development of Chinese stories and factual programmes that feature Chinese culture, which will be coproduced by BBCS and Bilibili.

Several documentaries about Chinese culture are currently in pre-production.

Top Gear will be made available on Bilibili

In addition, the two parties will double down on science productions, which will see the BBCS Science Unit work with Bilibili to produce Odyssey into the Future, a series featuring Chinese author Liu Cixin.

Bilibili will also become a copro partner in China for new BBCS factual shows, including forthcoming series The Green Planet and Mating Game.

Meanwhile, Bilibili will receive greater access to BBCS drama and comedy programmes, gaining the exclusive VoD rights in China to new scripted fantasy show The Watch, while programmes including Top Gear and Doctor Who will also become available on the Chinese platform.

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