Warner Bros. to Bring Gossip Girl to China


BEIJING: The creative team behind the hit series Gossip Girl is partnering with Warner Bros. International Television Production (WBITVP), China’s Mei Tian Mei Yu and H&R Century TV, in conjunction with Metan Development Group, to develop a modern teen drama set in China.

Metan and WBITVP will provide consultation on the development and production of the 30×1-hour series. The show is set to debut to Mandarin-speaking audiences in November. The story will follow the lives of the students of the prestigious Shanghai International University, a school of choice for the rich and famous. Each week, the main characters will deal with issues of love and friendship, which all the behind-the-scenes drama is recorded in a blog. Chinese actress Yang Mi (Palace) will have a recurring role.

“As one of the leading film and drama production companies in China today, we’re excited to be working with such an amazing team of international TV professionals,” said Zhong Junyan, the president of H&R.“With its keen understanding of global production, Metan has joined together with Warner Bros. International Television Production, creating an extraordinary consultant team to help Mei Tain and H&R forge a new form of drama series in China.”
"Metan is pleased to be involved with this exciting collaboration, underscoring our ability to once again create positive connections between Hollywood with China,” added
Larry Namer, Metan’s president and CEO. “We believe that bringing together such a talented team will result in one of the biggest and best drama series ever seen in China, as the country enters this new age of TV production.”

“We are delighted to be working with Mei Tan and H&R to bring this new series to one of the most vibrant and exciting countries on the planet, China,” commented Andrew Zein, the senior VP of creative, format development and sales at Warner Bros. International Television Production.