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#SSD19 WILD TREASURES OF CHINA: New wildlife coproduction announced by ZED & CCTV-9

Market News at Sunny Side of the Doc 2019

ZED & CCTV-9 are launching the coproduction of WILD TREASURE OF CHINA, an ambitious 5×52’ wildlife series.

Tuesday 25 June, La Rochelle

Shot into the great wild spaces in China, the series will focus on the rare species that slowly inhabit these infinite untamed wildernesses again.

With a budget of €3M, it will capture behaviors rarely seen until now. Shot in 4K, as close as possible to this secret wildlife, this series will celebrate the splendor of nature, to alert to its fragility.

ZED’s team will be able to enter inaccessible wild areas, rarely open to foreigners shooting teams before.

The first episode, directed by Frédéric Larrey, will focus on the snow leopard. It will be delivered in February 2020, after 3 years of shooting. This episode has already been pre-sold to France Télévisions, The Smithsonian Channel, National Geographic Wild and NDR.

The four other episodes will be completed in 2021, and will focus on other China’s iconic animals, such as the Siberian tiger, the Tibetan blue bear, the Tibetan antelope, and the giant panda.


About ZED

An independent producer and distributor specialized in factual documentaries, the company ZED, led by Manuel Catteau, has been on the international scene for more than 20 years now, leading coproductions with major international broadcasters such as France Televisions, Canal+, ARTE, BBC, National Geographic, Discovery, PBS, ZDF, NHK or ABC Australia.

Thanks to a strong team of 6 producers and the unique know-how of renowned directors and writers, ZED produces around 40 films a year, covering all genre in non-fiction: history, sciences, wildlife, investigation, current affairs and art & culture. With a catalogue of 1200 hours, ZED is also one of the major international sales companies and represents more than 130 prestigious French and foreign production companies, handling distribution of their output to broadcasters across the globe.

On the strength of its audacity and the diversity of its documentaries, ZED has been nominated 5 times among the 10 Best French Producers of the Year, and has won three times the French Export Award that rewards the most well distributed programs abroad. In 2019, ZED has been nominated by Realscreen as part of the Global 100, the annual snapshot of the best production companies working in the non-fiction industry.

Over the years, ZED has built its reputation by crafting high-end and acclaimed films, recognized in the most famous international festivals and very often garnering record audience ratings. Hitler Youth tapped into the 5 top rated programs on National Geographic US while Living Universe, a 4×52’ series about the search for the exoplanets, is currently a top performer for CuriosityStream. Its last production Hobbies was selected at the Cannes Film Festival (Short Film Palme d’Or Category).



CCTV-9 is China’s leading documentary channel and China’s only national channel dedicated to factual programme. Launched on January 1st, 2011. It is the fastest growing channel in the CCTV family, and has become China’s largest production, coproduction, transmission and acquisition platform for factual programmes.

CCTV-9 broadcasts 24 hours a day, covers the entire country and has an audience of over 800 million. The highest number of daily audience was 94 million. It is especially popular among educated adults and is growing in popularity among younger audiences. It displays the unique value of factual programme in authentically showcasing the history and the reality, and endeavours to open up its broadcast platform, integrate well-performing resources in the international factual programme industry to accelerate the development of China’s documentary market.

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