The show is derived from the BBC’s BAFTA-winning series “Coast,” investigating the unique character of coastal communities in Britain. “Coast China” will be the third international version based on the long running BBC series and follows “Coast Australia” which has just completed its second series and “Coast New Zealand.”
The agreement, announced Wednesday, is separate and additional to the agreement between BBC Worldwide and SMG to co-produce “Earth” and release “Sherlock” in Chinese theaters. Both deals were signed during the visit of Chinese president Xi Jinping to the U.K.
Filming of “Coast China,” a six-episode series, will commence in Spring 2017. It will be produced by one of SMG’s subsidiaries, DocuChina and Yunjijianglai, a subsidiary of DocuChina’s. Founded by SMG in 2006, DocuChina is the first TV channel in China to air only documentaries. It has become a satellite channel since 2014, reaching an audience base of 400 million. Yunjijianglai, established in 2015, is a company specialising in international co-production projects.
“We are delighted to be cementing our relationship with SMG by announcing this exciting new phase of our long term alliance and look forward to working together towards the exchange of expertise and creation in the making of ‘Coast’,” said Kelvin Yau, GM, Greater China for BBC Worldwide.
“SMG is committed to producing top-notch documentaries for audiences in China and the world and this is a brilliant start.” said Wang Jiannjun, director general and president of SMG.