All3Media has acquired natural history specialist Silverback Films.

Founded in 2012 by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey, Silverback Films is behind the recently released theatrical and Netflix documentary David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet as well as Netflix’s first landmark natural history series, Our Planet and the BBC’s 7-part series The Hunt  and 11 out of 16 Disneynature films released on streaming platform, Disney+, including Bears, Monkey Kingdom, Penguins and Dolphin ReefElephant, narrated by The Duchess of Sussex, was released this year.

Jane Turton, CEO of All3Media, said: “I am delighted that Silverback is joining All3Media and we are looking forward to working with Alastair, Keith and the team.  The talent is world class and Silverback is at the very top of its game at a time when the relevance of landmark natural history programming has never been greater.

“Silverback’s films are stunning – showing us the diversity of the natural world and through their fantastic storytelling and ingenious mastery of technique and technology, they capture breathtaking moments on camera and take us to places we have never seen before and continue to teach us about the world’s natural environments, and how vital it is to preserve them.”

Alastair Fothergill, joint founder and CEO of Silverback Films, said: “All of us at Silverback Films are delighted to be joining All3Media. We have found a partner that shares our creative ambition to make the highest quality programming.  Key to this is our shared focus on attracting and retaining the best talent long into the future. We are very excited by all the new opportunities now open to Silverback within the All3Media family and Keith and I are looking forward to leading the company through the next chapter of its development.”

Silverback was advised by Tom Manwaring, of Helion Partners, on the transaction.

Jon Creamer

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