China From Above, a co-production by NHNZ, Beach House Pictures, CICC, National Geographic Channels International and NDR, has gone viral with 130 million views on Chinese VOD platform Tencent in the last two weeks.
The two-part documentary special covers China’s geography and culture across 20 provinces, cities and regions – from ancient monuments and traditional customs, through astonishing landscapes, and on to the high tech world of today. Through a combination of innovative aerial photography and on the ground, human stories, China From Above is a never-before-seen view of China.
Beach House Pictures Creative Director Donovan Chan and NHNZ Managing Director Kyle Murdoch are astounded by the online viewership.
“Our last digital project scored 6.5 million views and we were blown away, so to see these incredible numbers is extremely exciting. This is testament to the quality of the series and the hard work of our multinational team,” says Chan.
Murdoch adds, “It is phenomenal, even for a Chinese platform. In the years since our content has been available online, we have never seen numbers like this.”
Jing Shuiqing, Vice President of CICC, says the popularity of China From Above is exciting for CICC. “Few documentaries in China reach over 100 million online viewers. As far as I know, the viewers per episode is one of the highest in record. So this is really quite a wonderful surprise.”
China From Above will be distributed internationally by Fox International Channels Content Sales.
NHNZ is a major global producer of factual television creating original content for National Geographic Channels, Animal Planet, Discovery, A&E Television Networks, Smithsonian Channel, NHK and CCTV. Highly regarded for its 35-year plus natural history heritage, NHNZ has also had success with factual entertainment like Redwood Kings for Animal Planet. In 2014, NHNZ launched The Archive Unit which has produced over 20 hours of premium archive content for broadcasters around the globe. The company’s storytelling prowess has been recognized with more than 250 international awards including Emmy awards and the prestigious Wildscreen Panda. In addition to its one stop hub in Dunedin, New Zealand, NHNZ has offices in Beijing and Washington DC.
Beach House Pictures
BHP is Asia’s largest independent production company with production offices in Singapore and Taiwan. The company has built a strong reputation regionally and internationally for blue-chip wildlife series, factual entertainment and award-winning children’s content. To date, BHP has produced more than 500 hours of original programs across an extensive array of genres – from Travel to Science, Reality TV, Magazine/Lifestyle, Kids and Natural History. In 2014, BHP expanded its Singapore operations, launching new content divisions Beach House Entertainment (formats/reality) and Beach House Studios (animation and gaming). It’s currently in production on Photo Face Off 2 for A+E Networks Asia, original preschool series Hiccup & Sneeze for OKTO and Wild City 3 a blue-chip wildlife series for Channel News Asia. BHP recently won a World Medal at the 2015 New York Festivals for its series Chineseness – Li Chen (Discovery Channel Asia) and gained a Golden Bell, Taiwan’s equivalent of the Emmy Awards for Taiwan Made (Discovery Channel Taiwan).
China Intercontinental Communication Center, known as CICC, is a reputable international media institution established in 1993, and it dedicates itself to international cultural exchange through production, promotion and publishing of film, TV and new media. It is one of the largest producers of documentaries in China, and its program topics widely cover Chinese nature, history and culture.
CICC has established reliable cooperative relationship with major official governmental organizations, as well as formed collaboration with more than forty international production companies and broadcasters.
CICC has been given wide acceptance from its international media cooperative partners including National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, National Broadcasting Company, Public Broadcasting Service, ARTE, ZDF, production companies of Natural History New Zealand, ITV Studios, National Film Board of Canada, Darlow Smithson Productions, Lion TV and many more.