The BBC’s production and distribution division BBC Studios has agreed a new long-term partnership with French public service broadcaster France cto develop and co-produce factual content.

The multi-year agreement began in April 2024 and includes a co-production first look across BBC Studios’ unscripted content pipeline.

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BBC Studios agrees on a partnership with France Télévisions

The deal builds on their collaboration co-producing factual shows across all genres in recent years including the BBC Studios Natural History Unit’s Frozen Planet II, Planet Earth III and most recently Mammals.

Upcoming titles already confirmed to be co-produced under the new agreement include the recently announced BBC Studios Science Unit series, Walking With Dinosaurs, a reimagining of one of the BBC’s biggest factual shows.

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The new agreement also includes first option on pre-sales and acquisitions across BBC Studios’ factual catalogue. Pre-sales already confirmed include two BBC Studios Science Units titles, Solar System which explores the events unfolding in the planets and moons of the Solar System; and Earth a landmark BBC series telling the four-billion-year story of the planet.

Chris Kinsman, Senior Vice President, Factual, EMEA at BBC Studios, said: “This fantastic partnership with France Télévisions will not only strengthen the output we are able to deliver to audiences in France, the UK and beyond, but upcoming titles like Mammals and Walking With Dinosaurs are only made possible with collaborations like this.”

Antonio Grigolini, Head of Documentaries at France Télévisions, said: “France Télévisions is proud to share common public service values with BBC Studios. We look forward to continuing our fruitful partnership and joining forces to produce among the most ambitious and impactful factual content on the market.”

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