BBC Studios has announced a deal with Orient International 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.