TwoFour’s Educating.. series is heading to China.
The indie has produced three different UK versions – Educating Essex, Educating Yorkshire and Educating The East End – and the format, known internationally as The School, will now be remade in China by Hunan TV, after Shine International struck a deal with the Chinese company. Hunan will work with Twofour to develop the Chinese version, which Hunan plans to have on air by 2015.
“The School is a subtle, moving portrayal of everyday life which arguably delivered one of the most powerful, emotionally resonate televisual experiences of 2013″, said Nadine Nohr, CEO of Shine International. “We have no doubt that audiences in China will be just as enthralled to watch what life is like in a modern day school, and being able to develop a Chinese version of the format is definitely a milestone for both partners.”
While Beryl Yan, Hunan TV’s Head of Program Strategy and International Business, added: “We have very high expectations on The School as the original UK series has achieved such a success. The format itself is a breakthrough in telling real life stories and sheds light on how the future of our nation is being educated. A group of in-house production teams are currently working on different ideas of localisation and we expect to launch the Chinese version next year.”