BBC Studios strikes ZDF co-pro deal

23 April 2019

 

BBC Studios has entered into a “historic” co-production partnership with German broadcaster ZDF.

 

The long-term agreement hands ZDF a first-look at agreeing a co-production deal for all BBC Studios Natural History Unit’s (NHU) blue-chip shows.

ZDF will also be given the first option on acquiring BBCS’ factual catalogue, incorporating science, history and documentaries.

NHN Short: Keith Scholey SP Silverback Films on Netflix's Our Planet

18 April 2019

Ahead of his NHN presentation at our event next week, here's an enlightening interview with Keith Scholey, SP of Our Planet. Please watch and share! 

 

Niche SVOD's

17 April 2019

A raft of factual SVoD services are emerging around clearly defined themes and topics, fuelled by young people’s appetite for the genre and the boom in factual drama.

Steve Burns, chief content officer at US factual streamer CuriosityStream, said the growing number of niche platforms is confirmation of the strength of the model, underlined by a subscriber base that skews 50% millennial.

 

Akul Tripathi, chief operating officer of forthcoming Mumbai-based DocuBay, which will feature an array of one-off films, said audiences are keen to discover more about the real-life stories that are being mined for scripted series.Niche growth

Streamer adds 9.6m new customers in first quarter

17 April 2019

Streamer adds 9.6m new customers in first quarter

Netflix has grown its paid subscriber base by 25% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2019.

The streaming giant now has 148.86m total paid subscribers, up from 118.9m for the same period last year. A total of 60% (88.63m) of whom come from outside the US.

The growth has been aided by a record quarterly gain of 9.6m, 82% of whom - 7.86m - came from outside the US.

Our Planet: Creating a Social Media Campaign - RTS Event

12 April 2019

RTS (Royal Television Society) West of England brings you an exclusive masterclass on the social media campaign around Our Planet, the ambitious big-budget Netflix nature documentary.

Come along to hear the team from production company Silverback Films talk through how they developed and created the short form content and social media campaign which supports the eight part series.

Discovery's SVOD plans

10 April 2019

David Zaslav highlights podcasts and interactive Q&A sessions as means to engage viewers with content

Discovery boss David Zaslav has unveiled a ‘view and do’ strategy to drive his burgeoning portfolio of SVoD services after agreeing a decade-long natural history deal with BBC Studios.

 

The factual broadcaster’s chief executive said his ambition is to use the opportunities afforded by digital to go beyond simply serving audiences with programming, and get them to engage with the content, opening up new revenue streams.

Esta Porter of Evolutions; on the groundbreaking workflow for BBC's Earth from Space

09 April 2019

Earth From Space will shortly hit your screens. It is the next mini landmark produced by the BBC Studios- NHU.

Here Esta Porter, Head of Business Development at Evolutions  Bristol, explains the complex task of converting the satallite imagery into a usable format for the edit.

In 2018, Evolutions worked with the BBC NHU on their series ‘Earth From Space’.  They developed a ground-breaking bespoke workflow, enabling multiple departments to work on Timelapse FX and Image pan-and-zooms using exceptionally large satellite imagery; all whilst maintaining a seamless transition between them.

Ellie Goulding - In this Together - Review by Rolling Stone

09 April 2019

 

Singer calls on us to save the Earth in her companion single to Netflix show ‘Our Planet’


Ellie Goulding Sings for Wildlife in ‘In This Together’ Video - watch it below.

Ellie Goulding has released a new track, “In This Together,” a companion to the new Netflix original documentary series Our Planet. The music video for the inspiring number features wildlife footage from the series, including shots of young painted wolves, elephants bathing and penguins gathered on a beach.

Congratulations to the Our Planet Silverback Team - Critics love it

05 April 2019

After the incredibly high profile launch yesterday, we braced ourselves for what the critics would think of Our Planet by Silverback Films ...

Congratulations to the whole team ( launch pictures below) 

 

“On every scale, it is amazing. You can only boggle at the endless precision of the natural world, and of the people who devote themselves to capturing its wonders.”
Lucy Mangan, The Guardian

Prince of Wales praises Our Planet and the team at Silverback Films

04 April 2019

The Prince of Wales tonight spoke of his “great pride” of how his sons Princes William and Harry have adopted the causes close to his heart.

Speaking at the global premiere of a flagship Netflix series Our Planet tonight/last night (THURS), the future King praised the eight part programme and narrator Sir David Attenborough.

 

Prince Charles spoke about his offspring to highlight the importance of conservation and protecting the planet. 

Charles joked how he never believed his boys actually listened to his advice when they were growing up.

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