Hit Crime Drama ‘Broadchurch’ Getting Remade in China (EXCLUSIVE)

A Mandarin-language version of hit crime drama “Broadchurch” is in the works after Endemol Shine struck a deal with local partners Blue&White&Red Pictures and Cloudwood.

“Broadchurch” was a water-cooler show in the U.K. and internationally. Created by the new “Doctor Who” showrunner Chris Chibnall, the first season of the series followed events in a small town after the tragic and mysterious death of a child. As well as a whodunit, the series delved into what happens to a close-knit community in the media spotlight, and when a major police investigation is underway.

China has strict regulations on international content and the National Radio and Television Administration recently published drafts of new regulations on programming. Endemol Shine noted it is adapting “Broadchurch” in line with local rules.

Blue&White&Red Pictures is a film and TV producer and its recent projects include the movie “Operation Red Sea.” Cloudwood is a China-based IP-trading platform that brings scripts and content to the local market.

Endemol Shine China is run by William Tan. Earlier this year it did a scripted format deal for a Chinese version of “Humans.” On the eve of Mipcom this year it announced a format development deal with Chinese broadcaster Hunan.


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