×

Tom Hardy’s ‘Taboo’ Bought for China by Alibaba, Youku

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and its streaming platform, Youku, have signed up to air the BBC drama “Taboo,” starring and created by Tom Hardy. Both companies also bought the rights to two additional children’s programs, “The Moe Show” and “Pop Up,” via separate deals brokered by London-based co-production, financing and distribution group The Media Pioneers.

Youku will begin broadcasts of “Taboo” this month and the other two by year’s end. Alibaba will promote the brands across China. Youku is one of China’s largest video streaming platforms, with an interface similar to YouTube’s. It has more than 500 million monthly active users and 800 million daily views.

“Taboo” by Hardy – whose movie “Venom” has just had a monster opening weekend in China – “was a hugely successful series in the U.K., which we are excited to bring to Chinese audiences and look forward to it having the same reception there,” said Maggie Liang, managing director and executive producer at The Media Pioneers. She added that the company believes the two children’s programs, both produced by New Zealand’s Pop Up Workshop, would “perform well in China amongst little ones.”

“Taboo,” an eight-part British miniseries, was produced by Scott Free London and Hardy Son & Baker, and aired last year on BBC One. Based on a story written by Hardy and his father, the screenwriter and novelist Edward John “Chips” Hardy, it tells a tale set in 19th-century London of an adventurer who returns from Africa and seeks vengeance after he becomes embroiled in his late father’s debts and troubles.

The screenplay won its writing team a prize for best long-form TV drama from the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain in January.

More Biz

  • 9-1-1: Angela Bassett in the series

    Fox Sees Primetime, Sports Ad Gains As TV Upfront Wraps

    Fox Corporation is the latest to benefit from stronger-than-expected trends in TV ad spending, as the company notched strong gains in advertising commitments for its next cycle of programming – its first since selling off a large chunk of its media assets to Walt Disney. Ad demand was stronger than many executives anticipated, according to [...]

  • BMI Promotes David Levin to Senior

    BMI Promotes David Levin to Senior VP of Digital Licensing

    BMI today announced that David Levin has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Licensing, effective immediately. In his newly expanded role, Levin is responsible for all of BMI’s domestic licensing and revenue generation, encompassing radio, television, digital media, cable, satellite and general licensing.  Levin, who will oversee teams in New York and Nashville, reports [...]

  • Warner Music Group Logo

    Warner Music Acquires Musical Theater Indie First Night Records

    Warner Music Group has acquired First Night Record, an independent record label for West End and Broadway musical theatre cast recordings. The company will be overseen by WMG’s Arts Music Division, led by President Kevin Gore. First Night co-founder John Craig will join the Arts Music team under a multi-year consulting agreement to identify and record musical theatre productions in [...]

  • Woodstock 50 to Hold Open House

    Woodstock 50 to Hold Open House for Local Residents Before Permit Review Tuesday

    If nothing else, the producers of Woodstock 50 are persistent. After two permit applications to hold the troubled festival at the Vernon Downs racetrack in Upstate New York were rejected by the town of Vernon codes office, the producers and venue owner Jeffrey Gural today invited the local community “to embrace the Festival’s spirit of [...]

  • ILM Star Wars The Force Awakens

    ILM to Open Latest Effects Facility in Sydney, Australia

    Sydney, Australia, is to be home to Industrial Light & Magic’s fifth production hub. The Disney-owned special effects company currently has facilities in San Francisco, Vancouver, London and Singapore. The decision to open the Sydney outpost was announced Monday local time by executive creative director and head of ILM Rob Bredow, ILM executive Luke Hetherington, [...]

  • Jesters: The Game Changers

    Spackman Buys Korean Film Producer Simplex

    Spackman Entertainment is to buy Simplex Films, the Korean early-stage production company behind the upcoming period comedy movie “Jesters: The Game Changers.” Spackman, an investment group with a clutch of Korean film and production businesses, has agreed a $2.43 million (S$3.3 million) all-share purchase price for Simplex. It says the acquisition will expand its film [...]

  • Chloe Dan 20th Century Fox TV

    20th Century Fox TV Drama Head Chloe Dan to Step Down

    Chloe Dan, the senior vice president of drama development for 20th Century Fox Television, is leaving her position at the studio, Variety has confirmed. Dan assumed her current role with 20th TV in 2017 and first joined the studio in 2014. Among the shows she worked on during her time at the studio are “This Is [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content