Netflix and WWF join forces with Silverback Films to make 'Our Planet'

Netflix and WWF join forces with Silverback Films to make 'Our Planet'

15th April 2015

WWF, Silverback Films and Netflix are to join forces to create "an astonishing new 8 part natural history series" entitled 'Our Planet'. 

This is the biggest news from our world of natural history filmmaking in recent years. 

 

 

The combination of breathtaking blue chip films, a powerfully persuasive online conservation push and a transmission 'streaming' model that is transglobal and timeless, makes this the kind of project that the public and politicians will be compelled to pay attention to.  It could really make a difference to Our Planets' future - and that is the intention !

“Our Planet is going to raise the bar for natural history landmarks “ said Alastair Fothergill, Executive Producer Silverback Films. “We will reveal the most amazing sights on Earth and show them in ways they have never been seen before. Partnering with Netflix and WWF gives us the ability to reach and enthuse global audiences with the wonder and importance of the natural world.”​

WWF will provide the Silverback Films team, led by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey, with unparallelled access to its projects in protected areas across the world while also collaborating on multimedia stortelling across its web and other platforms and social media using the hashtag #OurPlanet. Netflix, the world’s leading internet TV network, will premiere the series across all its territories in 2019. 

Colin Butfield, Executive producer of WWF said " This project is the culmination of 20 months of planning and discussions. Our teams of scientists, in close collaboration with field researchers, are finding the best most surprising stories to provide the Silverback producers with the unique material they'll need to create a phenomenal and inspirational blue chip series.  'Our Planet' will tell the most important stories and be a window to our most precious biomes."

The online platform produced by WWF and Silerback will provide on-going information supporting  those stories featured in the series to show how things change over time. Online short films, articles and blogs will ensure the project lives on well after the launch in 2019. There are also plans for outreach educational companion pieces and concerts for the public to sustain and engergise the project.

"Our Planet must stay alive and be relevant 3 , 5 or even 10 years after the series launch" said Colin Butfield "and this plan works well with the Netflix streaming model."

Lisa Nishimura, Vice President, Netflix Original Documentaries said .“Netflix is proud to be the global home for perhaps Silverback’s most ambitious project to date. The Planet projects have enjoyed great success on Netflix and have helped launch new technologies for viewing at home. We think watching Our Planet, fully on-demand in 4K, will be an unforgettable experience for our members.“

"Our Planet will inspire millions of people around the world " said Colin Butfield,  “At this critical time for global conservation,  we are honoured to work with Silverback and Netflix on this completely unique collaboration."

" And this is the right time to be doing a project of this callibre. There is no quesiton in our minds about what is happening to the natural world - the Extinction Crisis is very much a reality. We know what is happening,  and we know what needs to be done. But what is lacking is political awareness.  The ultimate aim of 'Our Planet ' is to make the public and the decision makers sit up and listen !"

 

About Silverback Films

Silverback Films specialises in the production of high quality wildlife films for both television and cinema. Formed in 2012 by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey, the company brings together a world-class team of wildlife filmmakers to create the highest quality natural history films. The company is currently making a landmark series for BBC One, The Hunt, and feature films for Disneynature.

About WWF

WWF is one of the world’s largest independent conservation organisations, with more than five million supporters and a global network active in more than one hundred countries. Through our engagement with the public, businesses and government, we focus on safeguarding the natural world, creating solutions to the most serious environmental issues facing our planet, so that people and nature thrive. Find out more about our work, past and present at panda.org

About Netflix

Netflix is the world’s leading internet TV network with over 57 million members in over 50 countries enjoying more than 100 million hours of TV programmes and films a day, including original series. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without adverts or commitments.

 

 

 

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