BBC Studios and Nine have agreed to a long-term partnership for the BBC Planet franchise, which will see Nine premiere five landmark natural history titles.
The agreement guarantees Nine the Australian premiere rights for the biggest Natural History series from BBC Studios over the coming years: five from the BBC Planet franchise and one other, still to be announced.
The first is Seven Worlds, One Planet, with Perfect Planet, Green Planet, Frozen Planet II, Planet Earth III to follow.
As well as the on air broadcast, the partnership covers integration opportunities online and off air.
Deb Tod, Head of Content Sales and Co-Productions for BBC Studios ANZ, said: “Nine has been a wonderful supporter of our premium landmark programming over many years, and they are the perfect partner for a deeper, long- term relationship with the BBC Planet franchise.
“We have seen the beauty and power of programs like Blue Planet II, which prompt global discussion and action. We look forward to working with Nine to create unique event television that will bring people together in a shared experience.”
“The BBC and Sir David Attenborough consistently deliver world-leading blue chip natural history,” said Nine’s Program Director, Hamish Turner. “The power of the BBC Planet franchise is that it is cross generational in appeal. It also has the ability to challenge and impact the way audiences think about their planet.
“Nine are thrilled to have secured the exclusive premiere rights for a long-term commitment in Australia. This is an exciting opportunity to partner with the leaders of Natural History programming and distribution.”
Nine also recently announced a UK-Australian co-production Life in Colour to screen in 2021.