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Nat Geo Orders Female Animal Series ‘Queens’ From Women-Led Production Team (Exclusive)

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Nat Geo Orders Female Animal Series ‘Queens’ From Women-Led Production Team (Exclusive)
Female filmmakers and animals will reign in “Queens,” an upcoming National Geographic global series about matriarchal societies in the animal world. The team behind the series is led by women, with Wildstar Films on production duty and Vanessa Berlowitz exec producing.

“We’re accustomed to a narrative where the male animal voice often outshines that of the mis-perceived ‘gentler’ sex,” Berlowitz said. “In ‘Queens,’ females drive the story. The most accomplished women in the industry get behind the camera to turn things on their heads, revealing surprising insights into how females rise to power, often relying on cooperation and wisdom over brute strength to get ahead.”

The series will follow a sisterhood of a particular animal in each of its six episodes. The producers said the show would reveal unique feminine behaviors in six distinct animal communities: hyenas, elephants, ring-tailed lemurs, insects, primates and killer whales.

Cinematographers on the series
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Jon Favreau Teaming with BBC to Produce Doc Series Prehistoric Planet for Apple

Director Jon Favreau has teamed up with BBC Studios’ Natural History unit to produce Prehistoric Planet, which will use CGI to tell the story of the dinosaurs over the last 66 Million years. BBC’s Natural History unit is behind the hit series Planet Earth and Blue Planet.

Favreau will co-executive-produce the series for Apple and is a great fit since he was behind the beautiful CGI produced movie The Jungle Book. I know a lot of kids and adults who will be excited to see this series and get an up close look at the beauty and history that is the prehistoric age.

In fact, I know a kid named Kai who should actually be a consultant on this series because he knows the names, spelling, and basic facts of every dinosaur. Not an exaggeration, this kid is a genius. He always asks me my favorite dinosaurs and I just
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Favreau to produce docu-series

"The Jungle Book" director Jon Favreau will produce a dinosaur documentary series for Apple.

Favreau has teamed up with BBC Studios' Natural History Unit on "Prehistoric Planet", which will use CGI to tell the story of the last days of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago, reports deadline.com.

The Natural History Unit is the division behind "Planet Earth" and "Blue Planet".

The upcoming series will be executive produced by Favreau and "Planet Earth II" executive producer Mike Gunton with series producer Tim Walker and Andrew R. Jones.

It comes as Favreau is writing and executive producing "The Mandalorian", the first live-action "Star Wars" television series for Disney+.

It is the latest big-budget natural history deal for BBC Studios. The series has been ordered by Jay Hunt, Apple's Creative Director, Europe, Worldwide Video.

-By Ians
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‘The Jungle Book’ Director Jon Favreau Teams With BBC Studios’ Nhu To Produce Doc Series ‘Prehistoric Planet’ For Apple

‘The Jungle Book’ Director Jon Favreau Teams With BBC Studios’ Nhu To Produce Doc Series ‘Prehistoric Planet’ For Apple
Iron Man and The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau is to produce a dinosaur documentary series for Apple.

Favreau has teamed up with BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit on Prehistoric Planet, which will use CGI to tell the story of the last days of the dinosaurs 66M years ago.

The Natural History Unit is the division behind Planet Earth and Blue Planet.

The series will be exec produced by Favreau and Planet Earth II exec producer Mike Gunton with series producer Tim Walker and Andrew R. Jones.

It comes as Favreau is writing and exec producing The Mandalorian, the first live-action Star Wars television series for Disney+.

It is the latest big-budget natural history deal for BBC Studios, which recently struck a long-term deal with Discovery.

The series has been ordered by Jay Hunt, Apple’s Creative Director, Europe, Worldwide Video.
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'Gravity' Composer Steve Price Talks Scoring Netflix's 'Our Planet' in 'Behind the Screen' Podcast

'Gravity' Composer Steve Price Talks Scoring Netflix's 'Our Planet' in 'Behind the Screen' Podcast
Steve Price, the Oscar-winning composer of Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, discusses his career and the score on Netflix’s eight-part documentary series Our Planet, in a new episode of The Hollywood Reporter's Behind the Screen podcast series.

Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, Our Planet explores our natural world and includes an urgent call to action to address climate change. It’s made by the creators of the award-winning BBC series Planet Earth, in partnership with World Wildlife Fund.

British composer Steve Price is perhaps best known for his Oscar winning score for Gravity, and his credits span features, TV series and ...
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Domestic Advertising and Distribution Gains Drive Discovery Q1 Earnings

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Discovery Inc. delivered advertising and affiliate revenue growth in the U.S. in the first quarter even as international revenue fell against tough year-over-year comparisons.

Discovery on Thursday reported total revenue of $2.7 billion, in line with Wall Street’s expectations and up 17% from the year-ago quarter. However, adjusted for the impact of Discovery’s Scripps Networks Interactive acquisition last year, Discovery revenue was down 5% for the quarter. Net income reached $384 million, compared to a loss of $8 million in the year-ago quarter.

Adjusted operating income was up 21% on a pro forma basis to $1.2 billion.

Discovery’s solid showing on the domestic front was offset by declines in its international division, which faced tough year-over-year comparisons after Discovery’s Eurosport unit carried the winter Olympics in Q1 2018.

U.S. networks saw advertising and distribution gains of 4% on a pro forma basis, with ad revenue reaching $1 billion and distribution hitting $697 million for the quarter.
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Discovery Unveils 2019-2020 Programming Slate: ’90-Day Fiance’ Spinoffs, ‘What Not To Wear’ Revival At TLC, More – Upfront

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Discovery unveiled its 2019-2020 programming slate at its upfront presentation Wednesday in New York. Highlights include new an expansion of TLC’s 90 Day Fiancé franchise and a revival of one of its signature shows from the 2000s, What Not To Wear, along with new Discovery Channel series Wildlife Warriors (wt), Perfect Planet (wt), Mysterious Planet (wt), Serengeti, Rob Riggle: Global Investigator (wt), Legends of the Wild and River Of No Return, the return of Food Network’s Good Eats and more.

Discovery’s complete slate with new and returning series follows below.

Discovery Channel

Wildlife Warriors (wt)

Wildlife Warriors (wt) (previously announced as The Red List) follows the effort of dedicated wildlife conservationists across the globe, as they work to compile the latest version of The Red List – the most comprehensive record of the state of the world’s wildlife that has ever been created. The Red List, run
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Discovery Upfront: See Slates for Hgtv, Food Network, TLC, Own, ID, Animal Planet and More

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Discovery, Inc. unveiled the upcoming slates for each of its many cable channels Wednesday at its New York City upfront presentation to advertisers.

Yes, Discovery Channel, Hgtv, Food Network, TLC, Own, ID, Animal Planet, MotorTrend, Science Channel, Travel Channel and Cooking Channel all had a chance to woo commercial dollars.

Some bigger news from under the sizable Discovery umbrella broke just before the mid-week event. For starters, the mighty media company revealed that Diy Network would be the cable channel it rebrands for Chip and Joanna Gaines. A little later, Discovery’s MotorTrend announced it will be making a new “Top Gear America.”

Also Read: Diy to Be Rebranded as Chip and Joanna Gaines' New Discovery Network

Below is each channel’s slate, with series descriptions in their own words.

Discovery Channel

“Wildlife Warriors (wt)”

Wildlife Warriors (wt) (previously announced as The Red List) follows the effort of dedicated wildlife conservationists across the globe,
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Emmy Predictions 2019: Best Documentary or Nonfiction Series

Emmy Predictions 2019: Best Documentary or Nonfiction Series
Last Year’s Winner: “Wild Wild Country

Still Eligible: No.

Hot Streak: Since Netflix earned its first nomination (and win) in the category, only Netflix original series — or series that have benefitted from streaming on its platform — have won the category. “Making a Murderer” broke through for the digital giant in 2016, earning the initial nod and win, while “Wild Wild Country” took home the title again in 2018. In between, “Planet Earth II” won for BBC America (while “Chef’s Table” and “The Keepers” were nominated as Netflix originals). The initial “Planet Earth” and its sequel both stream on Netflix (and have for some time).

Fun Fact: In the 21 years this category has been active (it was called Outstanding Nonfiction Series before this and Outstanding Informational Series before that), PBS has won in 14 of those years and has 15 trophies, thanks to two of its programs tying in 1999. There has never been
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‘Legends Of The Wild’: Wilderness Experts Explore Natural Mysteries In New Discovery Docuseries

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Exclusive: Ahead of its NYC upfront this week, Discovery has handed a six-episode order to Legends of the Wild (working title), a docuseries that will follow two wilderness experts as they investigate, document and try to solve mysteries of the natural world.

With startling reports about strange animal attacks against humans, new apex predators changing the natural order and sightings of mysterious creatures that nobody can explain, the series will feature two childhood buddies who aren’t afraid of dangerous situations: Damian Duffy, a former Australian Army paratrooper and certified wilderness guide, and Matt Hoffman, a professional wildlife photographer and storm chaser.

Legends of the Wild will follow the pair as they delve into mysteries ranging from unexplained sea creatures spotted in the icy waters of Alaska to brutal deadly attacks by an airborne predator in Papua New Guinea. Duffy and Hoffman will set off into the wild each week
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Ellen DeGeneres Producing Discovery Channel’s ‘Wildlife Warriors’ (Exclusive)

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Discovery Channel is unveiling three new series and a documentary that looks at subjects ranging from the work of conservationists to protect species on the brink of extinction to the way that the forces of nature impact life on Earth.

“We are going back to our roots to what our audiences crave — jaw-dropping, never-seen-before images of what makes our world so special,” said Nancy Daniels, chief brand officer at Discovery & Factual. “Discovery is at its best when unlocking secrets and potentially rewriting history.”

The programs will air in 2019 and 2020. The shows promise to highlight both exotic wildlife as well as exotic locations, from lush forests to arid deserts. One of the shows, “Wildlife Warriors,” will be executive produced by comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.

“More than 27,000 species are threatened with extinction. Some are well-known animals, some aren’t, but all are important to our ecosystem. It is an
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AMC Networks Makes Big Play for Family Viewing With ‘Project Awe,’ Holiday Movies

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AMC Networks is making a play for one of the most desirable TV audiences of all – families.

The New York-based media company, which operates AMC, IFC,We TV, SundanceTV and BBC America, intends to go after broad family viewing by launching a “micro-network” devoted to programming about natural history and by expanding its efforts around Christmas-themed programming to all five of its entertainment networks.

“What advertiser wouldn’t want to be in the kind of content that makes people feel good?” asked Sarah Barnett, president of the entertainment networks group at AMC Networks, in an interview.

In the fourth quarter of this year, AMC Networks will launch “Project Awe,” a Saturday-only schedule devoted to nature and wildlife programming that will air on BBC America. Thanks to a new five-year deal with the BBC, viewers can get first U.S. looks at new installments of popular franchises like “Planet Earth” and “Frozen Planet.
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AMC Networks To Simulcast ‘Killing Eve’ On AMC And BBC America, Forms ‘Project Awe’ Micro-Net For Nature Shows, Expands Christmas Brand – Upfronts

AMC Networks, whose Killing Eve lit up BBC America last year, will simulcast the emerging show across AMC and BBC America for its second season. The initiative began with Sunday night’s season premiere.

The move is one of many announced by the company during its upfront week. It also revealed more details about a new Walking Dead spinoff, the renewal of IFC cult favorite Documentary Now! as well as the expansion of holiday programming on AMC and the creation of a micro-net on BBC America dedicated to nature programming.

On Monday morning, the company is hosting the AMC Networks Summit, bringing together executives, talent and press at a Lower East Side hotel for a series of panels and conversations. Over the course of the week, the company will host a series of dinners with advertisers.

Sarah Barnett, who became president of entertainment networks last November told Deadline the simulcast
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7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in April, and the Best Reasons to Watch

7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in April, and the Best Reasons to Watch
1. “Our Planet” Season 1 (available now)

Why Should I Watch? In the second episode of “Our Planet,” Netflix’s eight-part nature docuseries riffing on the success of “Planet Earth,” there’s a stunning image of the planet’s largest walrus population. Drone shots capture a sea of brown fur resting on top of the actual sea itself, as sweeping crane movements illustrate the vast population of tusked mammals fighting for precious square inches of real estate. Their honks are as humorous as their adventurous climbs over other walruses — which can crush walruses on the bottom — and the surrounding rocks are terrifying. They look like aliens, and their habitat also feels like a land far removed from our own. But it’s not. This is our planet, and the Netflix special connects us to that seemingly basic concept with raw power. The ending of this brief segment offers some of the most
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TV Review: ‘Our Planet’ With David Attenborough

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TV Review: ‘Our Planet’ With David Attenborough
You’d be forgiven for believing “Our Planet” is just another “Planet Earth.” Not only is it from the same creator as BBC America’s landmark series in Alistair Fothergill, but it is also narrated by the soothing tones of David Attenborough, the voice that has guided “Planet Earth” and its oceanic sister show “Blue Planet” for years. And just like “Planet Earth,” the eight episodes of “Our Planet” focuses on specific environments — from forests to high seas to “frozen worlds” and beyond — with gorgeous, jawdropping shots of the Earth’s most beautiful, intriguing, inscrutable, surprising wildlife.

But there is one crucial, stark difference between “Planet Earth” and “Our Planet” that makes the latter a more necessary update than initially meets the eye. While “Planet Earth II” wove the increasingly undeniable evidence of climate change into its fabric, particularly with its stunning and ambitious “Cities” episode, “Our Planet” makes it
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‘Our Planet’ Review: Netflix’s Stunning Nature Doc Is Here to Tell You We’re Screwed

‘Our Planet’ Review: Netflix’s Stunning Nature Doc Is Here to Tell You We’re Screwed
There are cute parts in “Our Planet.” Penguins waddle through narrow paths carved in the snow by their happy feet. Bright, big-eyed frogs crawl over vines in slo-mo, as if transported from a Pixar movie. Giant, blubbery walruses sunbathe in enormous, island-covering herds while honking at one another when someone disturbs their slumber.

But those moments aren’t what you’ll remember. Producer Alastair Fothergill spent four years shooting in 50 countries with more than 600 crew members, and the “Planet Earth” creator isn’t interested in pussy-footing around — not anymore. Maybe his first groundbreaking nature docuseries could allude to why Earth needs to be preserved by showing its rare beauties in rich detail. And sure, its sequel would build an underlying commentary illustrating the escalating urgency of the planet’s deteriorating condition. But in Round III, he’s done with the implicit and the subtle. He’s not coaxing the audience to reach an obvious conclusion.
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Our Planet review – Attenborough's first act as an eco-warrior

Netflix’s breathtaking, multimillion-dollar nature show not only poached David Attenborough – it stole the BBC’s thunder

It looks as spectacular as you would expect. Vast aerial sweeps across the Peruvian coast as millions of cormorants and boobies gather to feast on anchovies and breed, or across frozen tundra to watch herds of caribou head for the shelter of the forest in temperatures 40 degrees below freezing take your breath away. Then it catches in your throat, as you watch an orchid bee, in search of perfume to attract a mate, fall into a flower’s buckety petal and squeeze out of a tiny tunnel that deposits two sacks of pollen on its back; just as God, or a million years of evolutionary adjustments, intended. 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.
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‘Our Planet’ Review: Netflix’s Stunning Nature Documentary Is a Call for Conservation

It will not surprise anyone who has watched the Planet Earth or Blue Planet series that Netflix’s new nature documentary Our Planet (from Planet producer Alastair Fothergill) is absolutely stunning. The 8-part series, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, is the culmination of a 4-year collaboration with Silverback Films and the World Wildlife Federation. That latter partnership is what really sets this series apart, though, as it leans in heavily to conservationist themes. Most of Our Planet’s episodes focus on regions like jungles, grasslands, and the frozen tundra, although its premiere and penultimate episodes (on fresh water, …
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Discovery to Launch New Nature-Focused Streaming Platform With BBC Studios Content Deal

Discovery, Inc. and BBC Studios have struck a “multi-million pound global content partnership,” the companies said on Monday, which will bring BBC’s “Planet Earth,” “Blue Planet,” “Life,” “Dynasties” and other natural-history titles to Discovery’s Svod platforms.

The 10-year deal, which should close in late spring, relies on Discovery launching a new global streaming service for natural history programming by 2020 that will operate outside the U.K., Ireland and China.

In addition to the hundreds of hours of already existing content, Discovery and BBC Studios will develop new landmark factual content together. The two companies will co-fund a dedicated development team within BBC Studios.

Also Read: Discovery's David Zaslav Made Nearly $130 Million Last Year

Discovery will now also take full ownership of UKTV’s “lifestyle” channels, like Good Food, Home, and Really, while BBC Studios gets the “entertainment” ones. Following completion, James Gibbons will manage the lifestyle channels as part of Discovery’s U.
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Discovery Chief David Zaslav Calls Wildlife Titles ‘Planet Earth’ & ‘Blue Planet’ “Our Marvel” As It Eyes Expanded Universe

Discovery and the BBC are going to create spin-offs and sequels of brands including Planet Earth, Blue Planet and Frozen Planet in a move that Discovery chief David Zaslav called their Marvel universe.

Zaslav also called the BBC the Boston Red Sox to its own New York Yankees and that it would be “crazy” not to bring together the two best teams in the natural history space.

This was on the heels of the two company’s landmark deal that will include exclusive rights to BBC Natural History Unit content for Discovery’s forthcoming streaming service, a pact to develop original content in the genre and the division of assets at UK broadcaster UKTV.

Zaslav said, “The IP is a big piece of the core strategy; these landmarks and that library is our Marvel IP catalogue. That’s the business we’re in. Those are the stories that are loved
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