‘Marie Antoinette‘ Back On The BBC
The BBC has announced that it has acquired the second season of Canal+ Creation Originale Marie Antoinette. Sue Deeks, head of acquisitions for the BBC, said the first season of Deborah Davis’ drama had been a “great success” for the corporation. Marie Antoinette is produced by Claude Chelli and Margaux Balsan for Capa Drama, Stéphanie Chartreux for Banijay Studios France, as well as Bedside Productions. Season 2 is currently in production.
‘Planet Earth III‘ Sells Around World
David Attenborough’s latest sweeping natural history epic, Planet Earth III, has secured sales around the world for BBC Studios. Co-produced by BBC America, ZDF, and France Télévisions in partnership with The Open University, the documentary series has sold to Australia (Nine), Belgium (VRT), Czech Republic (Czech TV), Denmark (DR), Italy (Mediaset), New Zealand (TVNZ), Spain (Movistar Plus+), and Sweden (SVT). Japan’s NHK is co-producing and China’s Shanghai Media Group has picked the series up for linear TV, while it will also stream on Bilibili, iQiyi, Tencent Video, Youku, and China Mobile’s Migu Video. The executive producer is Mike Gunton and the series producer is Matt Brandon.
Fremantle Sells ‘The Piano’ & Debuts ‘Thank God You’re Here’
Fremantle has clinched deals in the Netherlands (RTL4) and Denmark (TV2) to remake Channel 4 amateur pianist reality show The Piano. The show was created by The Great British Bake Off producer Love Productions and has been renewed for a further two seasons in the UK. Separately, Fremantle has taken Australian comedy format Thank God You’re Here to market. The Network 10 show invites comedy guests to step through a famous blue door into the world of the unknown.
Manta Unveils ‘Dragon King Oath’
Manta, the Korean digital comics platform, has unveiled Dragon King Oath, a new series from Leeanne M. Krecic, creator of Let’s Play. Premiering next year, Dragon King Oath follows Princess Lisette Wylgerent, who is pledged to a fearsome dragon named Raith as part of an ancient pact and must confront her own prejudices and fears to forge a new path for her kingdom.