Enviro-Rental - a brand new initiative by Visual Impact

15 February 2019

Vivienne McKay-Hope, PM at Visual Impact,  has been working hard. She's researching environmentally friendly packaging for the Visual Impact hire group- it's not an easy job. There's a lot of fakery out there, but she's already sourced biodegradable plastics for radio mics and other smaller items ( that will biodegrade in food waste),and eco friendly gaffer tape.  

Her work is all part of a brand new environmental initiative set up by the Bristol arm of the global rental house. It's been branded VI Evirorental


VI Rental welcomes our customers to be a part of our VI Environmental Fund, set up to help with local and global projects directly relating to both our environmental concerns and those of our customers. 


Visual Impact rental partners with Plastic Oceans UK in new environmental strategy

15 February 2019

We were delighted to provide a platform to  launch VI Rentals new partnership with ex BBC Producer Jo Ruxton's  Plastic Oceans UK,charity and help promote their new enviromental fund - VI EnviroRental  at February's NHN Networking Morning.  

Theirs' is a very practical solution for us all do our little bit for the plastics crisis we face.





BBC fights to stop David Attenborough being poached

14 February 2019

Jim Waterson - The Guardian
8 February 2019

Three major nature shows revealed as broadcaster aims to stem staff exodus to Netflix

The BBC has commissioned three major series on the natural world, as it fights to stop staff who make its popular natural history shows – including David Attenborough – being poached by deep-pocketed rival Netflix.

Looking for ideas

13 February 2019

Natural history channel Love Nature is to move away from high-volume, macro commissions in favour of ‘character-led’ programmes and co-productions.

The Canada-based TV channel and SVoD operator, available in the UK via Virgin Media, has issued a brief to producers for ideas that put greater emphasis on connecting with viewers on an emotional level.


Executive vice-president of programming and development Carlyn Staudt highlighted NHNZ’s Orangutan Jungle School, which secured a recommission in November, as the kind of show that demonstrates the characters and relatability of animals.

Smithsonian Channel to launch in UK

12 February 2019

US factual broadcaster Smithsonian Network is to launch its first free-to-air channel in the UK with a slate of original commissions.



Smithsonian Channel will launch across Freeview, Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media on 12 February. It is the first step into the UK from Smithsonian Network, a joint-venture between CBS’ Showtime and cultural network Smithsonian Institution.

Blue Planet expands to BBC daytime

12 February 2019

Blue Planet UK will air across one week on BBC1 later this year, fronted by Springwatch’s Gillian Burke, Asperger’s and Me’s Chris Packham and Paralympian-turned-Countryfile presenter Steve Brown.


BBC Studios Natural History Unit’s (NHU) re-work of the 2017 mega-hit will uncover the stories behind the UK’s marine wildlife and use the latest in science, conservation and fishing to offer a health check of our seas.

BBC- Sequels to Planet Earth and Frozen Planet in the works

12 February 2019

The BBC has unveiled three flagship natural history series – the corporation’s “biggest commitment ever made in the genre”, according to Tom McDonald.

Silverback Films’ Perfect Planet will air in 2020 and BBC Studios Natural History Unit (NHU) double Frozen Planet II and Planet Earth III will air in 2021 and 2022 respectively.

Tom McDonald, head of natural history and specialist factual, said the commissions prolong the BBC’s pledge to “reveal not just the world’s greatest wonders and animal behaviour, but reflect the very real challenges the natural world faces”.

BBC announces new factual commissions and commitment to environment

06 February 2019

At an event last week to celebrate the BBC’s factual content, Alison Kirkham, BBC Controller Factual Commissioning, gave an impassioned speech outlining her plans for the years ahead.

The Super Bowl runs Silverback's Netflix 'Our Planet' Commercial !

06 February 2019


The eyes of the world were on 'Our Planet" yesterday, with an estimated 114 million viewers watching their trailer!

Netflix bought only one ad during yesterdays Super Bowl. No, it’s not for Roma or Bird Box or The Kominsky Method or Stranger Things. 

Instead, the global streaming service is airing the first trailer for Our Planet, a new natural-history series narrated by the incomparable Sir David Attenborough that goes live all around our planet on April 5.

Discovery and BBC wildlife SVOD

06 February 2019

Discovery has joined forces with BBC Studios to create a global natural history and wildlife programming SVoD service.

According to the Financial Times, the paid service will be owned by Discovery, with the BBC’s producer/distributor licensing its library of natural history programming, which includes blue-chip flagships Planet Earth, Blue Planet II and last year’s Dynasties.


This slate of programming will sit alongside shows from Discovery’s Susanna Dinnage-run Animal Planet network, Discovery Channel and Science Channel.

The service will not be available in the UK, or China, but will be in other major international markets.

Details around name and price for the service remain unknown.


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