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ADAG courts BBC for movies

business Updated: Nov 02, 2010 21:32 IST

BBC Earth, the natural history brand for BBC Worldwide, and Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group’s (ADAG’s) Reliance Big Entertainment on Tuesday announced a deal to partner on three motion pictures for the global audience.

All three films — Walking with Dinosaurs 3D, Africa 3D and Life — will be distributed by Reliance Entertainment’s international film sales and financing subsidiary IM Global.

“By partnering Reliance BIG Entertainment, we have the opportunity to realise a long-held ambition of making BBC Earth 3D feature films,” said Marcus Arthur, managing director, global brands, BBC Worldwide.

“Earth demonstrated the huge appetite of audiences for quality natural history filmmaking and the 3D experience of Walking with Dinosaurs and Africa will allow audiences to immerse themselves in our incredible content as never before.”

The pact with BBC Earth is another major global project for ADAG after the one with Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider for DreamWorks Studios and the joint venture with the production company of Hollywood actor-director Tom Hanks to produce Electric City as an animated internet series and online game.

Reliance Big had also entered into development deals with the firms of Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey, George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts.

In the latest BBC Earth partnership, the first theatrical feature to be co-produced will be a $65-million 3D live action feature Walking with the Dinosaurs 3D inspired by the BBC’s landmark brand under the same name.

The second co-production will be a $25-million documentary feature Africa 3D that will be filmed alongside BBC’s forthcoming major landmark TV series by the same name.

The production for both will be in partnership with Evergreen Films. Global distribution for both films will be handled by financing powerhouse IM Global which will begin international sales on Walking with Dinosaurs at the forthcoming American Film Market in Santa Monica.

BBC Earth’s previous feature film Earth grossed $119 million worldwide when it was released theatrically in 2007, while Walking with Dinosaurs broke new ground when it was first broadcast in 1999, with over 700 million viewers worldwide.