LONDON, October 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
Silvergate Media, the TV production and licensing company that focuses on pre-school children's properties, will be co-producing Series 5 of its internationally acclaimed programme Octonauts with China Central TV (CCTV).
Silvergate will provide the script and music whilst CCTV will develop the animation. As well as being broadcast across China including key regional satellite channels, the series will be distributed worldwide.
As part of the state visit by the President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping, to the UK this week, CCTV will be signing a memorandum of understanding with Silvergate.
William Astor, Silvergate Chairman said:
"Three series of Octonauts and two series of Peter Rabbit have already been broadcast by CCTV and I am therefore delighted that we will be developing the next series of Octonauts in collaboration with CCTV.
"This is CCTV's first co-production to develop a pre-school animation series with a Western media company.
"China is one of the fastest growing pre-school markets globally and with both Peter Rabbit and Octonauts, we have now a well-established foothold.
"Both are proving very popular, for example, Octonauts registering over 1.8 billion hits on its web TV channels since 2014.
"This co-production is an excellent example of our mission to develop world-class children's brands which inspire, entertain, educate and engage through innovative content, great products and strong partnerships.
"This is the culmination of three years of visits and I hope this will lead to further co-production projects between CCTV and Silvergate in the future."
Octonauts series one to three were first broadcast on CCTV in June 2014. The second and third series were then re-broadcast in June and July this year, daily at 7am to 8am, and have again been broadcast this September.
Notes to Editors
Silvergate Media is a creative content and licensing company driven by big ideas and big collaborations. Formed in 2011 following a buyout from Chorion by William Astor and Waheed Alli, with offices in New York and London. Silvergate develops and produces world-class content built to inspire, entertain and engage audiences of all ages through innovative storytelling, great products and strong partnerships. Among their portfolio of projects in production are Peter Rabbit (currently in its second season) and Octonauts (currently in its fourth season).
The Octonauts are a dynamic eight-member team of quirky and courageous adventure heroes who dive into action whenever there is trouble under the sea. Equipped with a fleet of aquatic vehicles, they rescue amazing sea creatures, explore incredible new underwater worlds, and often save the day before returning safely to their home base, the octopod.
China Central Television
China Central Television (CCTV) is the predominant state television broadcaster in mainland China. CCTV has a network of 45 channels broadcasting different programmes and is accessible to more than one billion viewers.
Waheed Alli, Chief Executive
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SOURCE Silvergate Media