CITVC: The Great Wall, sold to ORF, France 5, & Tencent Video

After its MIPCOM 2018 premiere by China International Television Corporation (CITVC), documentary The Great Wall(international version), was sold to ORF in Austria and France 5 with plans to air in Q4 2018.

The doc is a joint production of CITVC, Phoenix Publishing & Media Group, Beijing Keying Media Co., Ltd and The BTV Documentary Channel, and a joint creation of CITVC and Pre TV (Austria). Chinese media org, Tencent Video purchased the digital broadcasting rights and made its debut on October 26, 2018, simultaneous with The BTV Documentary Channel.

Based on the original 12-episode documentary The Great Wall: The Story of China, the revamped international version adopts a new script featuring historical stories and figures from an international perspective. Supplemented with interviews of Great Wall experts at home and abroad on their latest archeological discoveries, the new documentary reproduces the Great Wall’s 3,000-year-old ancient and historical symbolism juxtaposed with its contemporary existence in the modern world.

The original 12-episode documentary The Great Wall: The Story of China, attracted more than 100 million TV viewers and aired on CCTV-9, China Education Television, The BTV Documentary Channel, and DOCUTV of Shanghai, as well as exclusively broadcast on the new media platform of iQIYI since October 2015. Up to now, it has been released to 81 countries and regions, as well as on passenger flights operated by China Airlines, Cathay Dragon, Cathay Pacific Airways, China Southern Airlines and their branch and subsidiary companies.

According to Jianing Shen, EVP of CITVC & GM of CHNPEC: ‘This tremendous new series explores Chinese history from a global and local perspective, providing a panoramic view beginning with The Great Wall’s ancient roots to its contemporary stature as an architectural marvel. The collaboration with our international partners has been instrumental in showcasing a fresh point of view, as well as new discoveries on this extraordinary fete of human engineering. We are proud and delighted to share this series to international audiences all over the world’.

Thomas Matzek, Head of ORF Universum History: ‘The 2-part documentary, gives a fantastic new insight in the amazing history of China´s Great Wall. I was impressed to see the origins of this unique masterpiece that has become a worldwide known symbol of Chinas greatness. This documentary filmed with the newest technologies creates a rich and colorful image of the genesis of a building that was designed for eternity. It´s fascinating to see how the milestones of Chinas Great history are connected to this gigantic bulwark that bridged several thousand years. I salute to this wonderful co-creation between Chinese and Austrian filmmakers’.