‘Access Hollywood’ Sells to China

Feb 13, 2007  •  Post A Comment

NBC Universal International Television Distribution has made “Access Hollywood” the first licensed format from a foreign studio to air in the People’s Republic of China and the latest format for “Access” internationally.

The Chinese series will comprise of 70 percent local production and 30 percent entertainment news from the U.S. and will air on NMTV, a provincial-run network from Inner Mongolia, via a production consultancy arrangement through Small World Television.

“Access Hollywood China” will be produced in Beijing and feature Chen Juan as host. In addition, Asian actor and supermodel Hu Bing will join the line-up as an international segment celebrity.

“The fact that ‘Access Hollywood’ is being produced in Beijing with a Chinese host and the majority of the content is shot in China, is a testament to how well this format adapts culturally,” said Leslie Jones, Vice President, International Sales and Format Production, NBC Universal International Television Distribution. “It is truly exciting to be working with foreign partners who have a unique understanding and knowledge of their marketplace and we look forward to great success for many years to come.”

In addition, Ireland’s Channel 6 also recently launched a local version of “Access Hollywood,” which is enjoying solid ratings after a late 2006 debut.

“Access Hollywood” in Ireland began a successful first season run on Channel 6 in September 2006. Hosted by Jenny Buckley, the weekly one-hour program is produced in Dublin and consists of both local Irish and European entertainment news, as well as U.S. content. “Access Hollywood” in Ireland is produced by Intermission Studios for Channel 6 and distributed by NBC Universal International Television Distribution.

(Editor: Romanelli)