Lion TV to produce Confucius doc for China

28 June 2013 9 h 46 min Comments Off

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(Broadcastnow, Jun 27, 2013) Chinese broadcaster CCTV has commissioned Lion Television to produce a major international co-production based on the life of philosopher Confucius.

The public broadcaster has ordered Confucius for its science and education network CCTV-10 and is working with its global marketing division CITVC to develop the series with the All3Media- owned indie.

The doc will explore the life and legacy of the philosopher, who lived in the 5th century BC, around the same time as Socrates and Buddha.

Lion will produce a multimillionpound two-part series for the inter-national market and a longer version for the domestic Chinese market.

It is the latest Chinese project for Lion, which has previously produced C4 and Discovery co-pro First Emperor, Discovery’s China Atlas and the BBC’s Chinese School.

It will be exec produced by Lion TV head of history Bill Locke and was commissioned by CCTV-10 controller Yue Jin, who said: “This is a fascinating story about the great sage and how he transcends time. China can provide the world with exciting stories; in return, the world can provide China with experience and expertise in telling these stories.”

Lion TV joint managing director Richard Bradley added: “The opportunity to co-produce with one of the country’s leading channels marks a step-change in our work in China. Ambitious TV projects like this offer a real chance to help broaden the world’s understanding of China.”

The other co-pro partners are yet to be announced.

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