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12 June 2017
This year’s crop of virtual and augmented reality experiences at Sheffield Doc/Fest is an impressive showcase of works that push the boundaries of the fledgling medium.
Housed in the Alternate Realities programme, the selection ranges from stories of sex workers in Mexico, to indiginous tribes in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, and journalists imprisoned in Iran.
For Dan Tucker, who is presenting his first selection as Doc/Fest’s Alternate Realities curator having joined the festival in January, this year’s programme is about inspiring positive change.
25 May 2017
In the week that BBC NHU hit the national headlines for their double BAFTA win for Planet Earth 2, Unit Head Julian Hector, and Head of NHU Business Oliver Thompson returned to NHN with a spring in their step!
In his presentation, Julian spoke of the impact of Planet Earth II and reasons for the series’ success, sharing audience figure analysis and performance drill downs with our members. He also touched on the three main bastions of NHU output; landmarks, live and children’s, and highlighted the important potential of digital.
21 April 2017
The BBC has turned us into a nation of naturalists and nature lovers
Series like the BBC's Springwatch have been key to transforming Britain, say the men behind Radio 4's Tweet of the Day
By Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss. Radio Times
Wednesday 19 April 2017 at 9:00AM
Go for a walk almost anywhere in Britain, from a city-centre park to a remote offshore island, and the chances are that you’ll come across a naturalist or, as they may prefer to be called, birder, botaniser, wildlife-watcher, nature-addict.
13 April 2017
30 March 2017
A new Maramedia film lets David Attenborough share the secrets of an animal he’s waited 60 years to see in the wild !
Diary date: 9pm, Friday 7 April 2017
Network premiere HOTEL ARMADILLO, BBC2
Footage shot in Brazil by a UK film crew is helping to unlock the secrets of one of the world’s least studied mammals – the giant armadillo – and shedding fresh light on how the food and lodgings they provide underpin the biodiversity of Earth’s b
30 March 2017
'Hotel Armadillo', narrated by David Attenborough is Maramedia's first commission for BBC's Natural World series. It will be broadcast on Friday 7th April 9pm BBC2.
Maramedia's Jackie Savery and Nigel Pope explain what it took to film this rare and illusive creature .
Maramedia were thrilled to secure their first BBC Natural World and PBS Nature commission. These the two foremost natural history strands in the world, and offer filmmakers one of the few remaining opportunities to make high quality single wildlife films that are critical in giving a voice to species and conservation.
28 March 2017
Introducing BBC EARTH's Real Happiness Project
It's official! Watching nature programs will have a direct and uplifting impact on the mood and well-being of its viewers, according to a new study released by BBC Earth.
"The Real Happiness Project,” which aims to promote the benefits of connectivity with nature via linear and digital platforms, was conducted by BBC Worldwide’s in-house research team wit
27 March 2017
The Natural World strand goes from strength to strength. Despite its long history (originally called The World About Us, it’s been running for over 50 years and has over 500+ films to its name) it never tires, maintaining its style with high production values and compelling stories.
And now the 17/18 series has kicked off with a show that has a strong conservation angle and the critics loved it " 'Puerto Rico, Island of Enchantment reminded you what a disservice it would be if the Attenborough-style approach got edged aside. This was an altogether more improving hour — who knew that Puerto Rico was such an example to the planet for its conservationism?” wrote James Jackson in The Times
So what is it about The Natural World formula that makes it so special and so resilent? What sorts of ideas will get a commission ? And will the series survive as the NHU transitions into the commercial world of BBC Studios?
15 March 2017
NHN caught up with John Murray, MD of the Irish award winning production company Crossing the Line( CTL) and PD of 'Wild Ireland -The Edge of the World' which launches on Friday 17 March 9pm on BBC 2.
John gave us a snapshot of what it took to make their latest two part series.
Keep reading...John's anecdote about the sex doll at the end of this article is worthy of the wildlife tabloids!
(picture copyright Nick Massett)
Following the footsteps of their Jackson and Wildscreen winning film 'On a River in Ireland', Crossing the Line ( CTL) have produced what looks from the previews to be another corker!
23 February 2017
The challenges facing broadcasters and producers in the international factual world following this year’s supersized Realscreen event in Washington, DC.
There has been a major shift in the international factual world over the last 12 months as the key broadcasters – A+E Networks, Discovery and National Geographic – have begun to move away from factual entertainment and reality formats towards big-budget, auteur-driven documentaries.
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