BBC Studios today announces its first ever non-BBC commission for Discovery Channel, from The Natural History Unit.
The Red List is a two hour film, following the work 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 film will give viewers a glimpse inside the worldwide effort to bring endangered species back from the brink of extinction.
Mark Linsey, Director, BBC Studios says: “This third party commission from Discovery heralds a new dawn for BBC Studios and is a really exciting moment in the history of the BBC. On top of that, The Red List is being made by BBC Studios’ world-renowned Natural History Unit so will be unmissable television. I couldn’t be more proud of Lisa Opie and Julian Hector and his team at the NHU.”
Julian Hector, Head of the Natural History Unit, BBC Studios says: “With the rate of species’ extinction being terrifyingly high, never has it felt more important to tell the stories of those species on the brink and the heroes working to save them; we are delighted to have the opportunity to do just that.”
Rich Ross, Group President, Discovery Channel and Science Channel, states: “From its earliest beginnings, Discovery has been a leader in bringing stories about wildlife conservation to audiences across the globe. BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit is the expert in creating content about the natural world. This collaboration couldn’t be more perfect.”
For BBC Studios, the producer/director of The Red List is Steve Greenwood who series produced Mountain: Life at the Extreme for BBC Two and Shark for BBC One. He was editor of BBC Two strand Natural World from 2009-2012 and series produced BBC Expeditions, where scientists discovered new species in some of the remotest rainforests of the world – Lost Land of the Jaguar, Lost Land of the Volcano and Expedition Borneo.
Emmy® winners John Hoffman and Jon Bardin serve as executive producers for Discovery Channel.
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