BBC and Discovery sign £300 million natural history streaming deal

01 April 2019

The BBC has signed the biggest ever deal to sell its programmes, agreeing to provide its landmark natural history shows to a new global streaming service run by the Discovery Channel for £300m.

It is the "largest content deal the BBC has ever done" and will last for 10 years, director general Tony Hall said.

The annoucement that has been rumoured for some time, coincides with the week that streaming rival Netflix is due to launch its first natural hsitory series Our Planet indicating heightened competition between the natural history platforms 

The BBC has signed the biggest ever deal to sell its programmes, agreeing to provide its landmark natural history shows to a new global streaming service run by the Discovery Channel for £300m.

It is the "largest content deal the BBC has ever done" and will last for 10 years, director general Tony Hall said.

Blue Planet Live: EP Roger Webb defends sea turtle hatchling release

01 April 2019

If you were watching Blue Planet Live on Sunday night you may have been left a bit deflated as the programme came to an end.

In the final few moments, six green sea turtle hatchlings were released onto the beach, before one of them was snapped up by a hungry seagull.

"What happened and the way it played out was unfortunate", Blue Planet Live's executive producer Roger Webb says.

"It's not for us to interfere."

"With a predator with such quick wits and ability - they're always going have their eyes on the prize."

Our Planet : Interview with Attenborough and Fothergill

01 April 2019

David Attenborough and Alastair Fothergill on Our Planet ...

All eight episodes of Our Planet are being released on the same day. That's going to have quite the impact on creating environmental awareness...

Sir David Attenborough Urges Young People To Look Up From Their Screens At The "Great Treasure" Of The Natural World

01 April 2019

The broadcaster talks to BuzzFeed News about his new Netflix show Our Planet, why we need to get off our screens and how there are so many more species on our planet we’ve yet to discover.

Sir David Attenborough is into the sixth decade of his career.

Netflix’s Our Planet Says What Other Nature Series Have Omitted

01 April 2019

Our Planet is a eulogy, a confession, a slap on the wrist, a call to arms. (The task of offering actionable advice is outsourced to the series’ website.)

In a groundbreaking move, the beautiful but uncomfortable documentary forces viewers to acknowledge their own complicity in the decline of nature, according to ED YONG, science writer for USA publication The Atlantic.

 

Fothergill predicts Our Planet will be seen be one billion people

01 April 2019

Alastair Fothergill believes Our Planet will prompt politicians and citizens to make changes that could save the environment according to an interview-  in the Daily Telegraph.

The Netflix series Our Planet will be seen by one billion people, its maker has predicted, as he said the BBC does not have the global reach to change the world.

In a sign of Netflix’s ambitions, it will be heralded by a world premiere at the Natural History Museum attended by the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex.

 

While the BBC’s 2017 series Blue Planet II sparked a national conversation about plastic by illustrating its devastating effect on the oceans, Fothergill said that subject made up only a few minutes of each episode.

Our Planet’s entire focus is on the man-made threat to natural habitats.

Blue Planet Live - a hit

01 April 2019

 

5.3 million people tuned in to episode 1 of Blue Planet Live, for what was a technological triumph, with Chris Packham presenting live from beside a whale for most of the hour, Liz Bonnin presented live beside a green turtle on Heron Island and most remarkably Steve Backshall presented live underwater amongst the sharks of Bimini in the Bahamas.


Blue Planet UK has done similarly well in daytime, with a peak of 1.4 million people tuning in on Monday afternoon shedding light on the UK’s own marine life.
 

Our Planet - ready for TX!

29 March 2019

Netflix’s Our Planet, a new eight-part documentary series  is to launch on Friday 5th April ( next Friday).

The press office at Netflix are "going large" on this one, with massive publicity and even an exhibit at the World Trade Centre New York. 

 

We will be bringing you lots of news ahead of the TX next week - but just as a little aperitif, here's a Radio Times article that gives us an overview, plus we've added in the TX card so you can put some names to the shows! 

 

It is a mammoth undertaking, filmed over four years in 50 different countries. 

Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival - Latest

27 March 2019

Since their rebrand, Jackson Wild, we've remained very busy.

Firstly, they're delighted to annouce their Call for Entry: 2019 Jackson Wild Media Awards - entry for the 2019 Jackson Wild Media Awards is open, with over 20 categories.  All projects completed since 1 June 2017 are eligible.

Apple TV + not just another Streaming Service

25 March 2019

Tech giant Apple unveiled plans yesterday for its long-awaited television streaming service ahead of its autumn launch.

Apple TV+ will be an ad-free subscription service offering “exclusive original movies and shows” with new additions every month. The service will be available via the updated Apple TV app, which can be accessed across all Apple devices.

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