Fremantle Inks Deals Across Asia


Fremantle has closed a slate of sales with pan-regional and territory broadcasters in Asia for its flagship documentaries and dramas.

In blue-chip and nature content, Shark with Steve Backshall will broadcast on bilibili in China, PCCW’s Now TV in Hong Kong, KBS in South Korea and Mediacorp in Singapore. Whale with Steve Backshall will also reach bilibili in China and air pan-regionally on BBC Earth.

Croc Watch with Steve Backshall and Hippo Watch with Steve Backshall will premiere regionally on BBC Earth, while Malaysia’s RTM (through Nafalia Corporation) has joined the ranks of broadcasters airing the earlier Expedition with Steve Backshall in Asia, alongside BBC, Discovery, RTHK, Mediacorp and Thai PBS.

Beyond the nature genre, the The Decades collection, spanning six seasons of content and executive produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, is making its way to PCCW’s Now TV for audiences in Hong Kong.

From Fremantle’s drama offering, Alice & Jack will be available for viewing on the BBC across Asia and on bilibili for China. Sullivan’s Crossing, starring One Tree Hill‘s Chad Michael Murray and Gilmore Girls‘ Scott Patterson, is set to premiere across Asia on Rewind Networks’ Hits Now pan-regionally, PCCW’s ViuTVsix in Hong Kong, and Mediacorp’s Channel 5 in Singapore.

Kit Yow, VP of distribution for Asia and international at Fremantle, said: “2024 has kicked off with an exciting momentum and broadcaster demand for Fremantle’s distribution business in Asia, with many of our incredible shows being picked up by both new and long-standing partners in the territory. We are delighted to announce these deals, which provide Asian viewers the opportunity to experience a breadth of high-end international content that continues to entertain audiences around the globe. We can’t wait to launch these incredible series with our local partners and offer a slate of new content to clients later in 2024.”