Reliance Big Entertainment, BBC Earth in $90 mn co-production deal

MUMBAI: Reliance Big Entertainment (RBE) will be co-producing two 3D films with BBC Earth, the global natural history brand for BBC Worldwide, that will entail an investment of $90 million.

While Walking Dinosaurs 3D will be built on a budget of $65 million, the documentary feature Africa 3D will cost $25 million.

RBE will also take up the distribution of these two movies and Life, a documentary produced by BBC Earth. The distribution will be handled by Reliance‘s international film sales and financing subsidiary, IM Global.

Says BBC Worldwide‘s Managing Director of Global Brands Marcus Arthur, "By
partnering with Reliance Big Entertainment, we have the opportunity to realise a long held ambition of making BBC Earth 3D feature films."

While IM Global will distribute the films worldwide, Life, currently in the post-production stage, will be distributed by Avex in Japan. Life is being produced by Martin Pope and Michael Gunton.

"IM Global will distribute Life globally but Avex will be distributing it in Japan," clarifies BBC Worldwide spokesperson Emma Finlay.

IM Global will begin the international sales of Walking With Dinosaurs at the
forthcoming American Film Market (AFM) in Santa Monica.

So why did BBC Worldwide select Reliance as its partner for the three natural history feature films? Says Finlay, "Reliance is an excellent partner for BBC Earth as we benefit from their extensive experience and knowledge of the film industry to ensure the successful launch of our films."

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