NHNZ and Ke Ying Media announced the greenlight on China Still Wild (working title), a spectacular two hour wildlife special, last week at Asian Side of the Doc.
China Still Wild is a co-production between Beijing Ke Ying Media Ltd and NHNZ, and features incredibly rare wildlife footage shot by Beijing Ke Ying Media over a four year period.
The extraordinary footage includes male pandas fighting over a mate, a young endangered Amur tiger making his first kill, and a gang of Chinese alligators waking up after months of hibernation.
Zhang Yue, general manager of Beijing Ke Ying Media, says his team was eager to bring Chinese stories to the international market.
“This will be the first time that an international audience really gets to see Chinese wildlife in its natural state and we are happy and confident that together with National Geographic Channel Asia and NHNZ we can make an outstanding co-production.”
NHNZ Managing Director Kyle Murdoch says NHNZ has been holding out for a project like this. “We are thrilled to be working with Beijing Ke Ying Media on an exclusively Chinese natural history show and without them we could never have done such a project. Beijing Ke Ying Media have had unprecedented access to places where western crews have never been and are unlikely to ever go – a production like China Still Wild cannot be made without a Chinese co-production partner like Beijing Ke Ying Media.”
Executive Producer NHNZ’s Judith Curran and series director Ke Ying Media’s Cui Ying will be working on the show with production starting at the end of March 2015.