The Smithsonian Channel
has signed a co-production deal with South Africa-based wildlife and factual entertainment producer Earth Touch
for three new 50-minute wildlife documentaries set in the U.S., China and Mexico.
The Mexico-set one, called “Migrating to Mexico,” will be Earth Touch’s largest budget production to date and shot in 4K. It follows wildlife, including monarch butterflies and gray whales, that migrate to or through Mexico. Mexico’s Oscura Productions will participate in production and handle the Mexican theatrical release.
A second project, “China’s Monkey Kingdom,” follows a baby white-headed langur monkey and his family as the group of endangered primates climb through karst mountain landscapes. It is a multi-territory co-production that also involves China’s state broadcaster CCTV
, Austrian national broadcaster Orf
-based Mandarin Film
The third project, “Rattlesnake Roadtrip,” follows famed snake wrangler Jules Sylvester
as he drives from Los Angeles to Galveston,