Netflix has expanded its Natural History Slate with six new documentary series from BBC Studios, Silverback and Freeborne Media, beginning this November with BBC Studios’ Our Universe.
Our Universe is a six-part series from BBC Studios and narrated by Morgan Freeman. “An epic tale 13.8 billion years in the making. Blending stunning wildlife footage with eye-popping cosmic special effects, it takes viewers on a fascinating adventure to explore the connections that drive our natural world. From the birth of the Sun to the birth of a sea turtle, Our Universe uses groundbreaking animation to dramatize the spectacular celestial forces that generated our solar system, while modern camera and CGI technology bring the audience up close and personal with some of the most iconic, charismatic animals on Earth.” Executive Producer is Andrew Cohen and Showrunner is Mike Davis.
The 4×50 Our Planet II, narrated by David Attenborough, is produced by Silverback Films and will TX in 2023. “At any given moment on planet Earth, billions of animals are on the move. Captured with spectacular and innovative cinematography, Our Planet II unravels the mysteries of how and why animals migrate to reveal some of the most dramatic and compelling stories in the natural world.” Series Producer isHuw Cordey and the Executive Producers are Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey.
Also for 2023 is Life on Our Planet, again narrated by Morgan Freeman and made by Silverback Films and Amblin Television. “This is the story of life’s epic battle to conquer and survive on planet Earth. Today there are 20 million species on our planet, yet what we see is just a snapshot in time — 99% of earth’s inhabitants are lost to our deep past. The story of what happened to these dynasties — their rise and their fall – is truly remarkable. In partnership with Industrial Light & Magic, the series uses the latest technology and science to bring long extinct creatures back to life, Life On Our Planet reveals the incredible story of life on our planet.” The Series Producers are Dan Tapster, Keith Scholey, Alastair Fothergill and the Executive producers are Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey.
Our Oceans (5×60), for 2024, is made by Freeborne Media and Wild Space Productions. “Oceans are the beating heart of our planet yet so much remains unknown, unexplored and undiscovered. From the tropical warm waters of the Indian Ocean, to the fiery depths of the Atlantic, from the unpredictable waters of the Pacific that are surrounded by a ring of fire, to the freezing isolation of the Southern and Arctic Oceans, Our Oceans explores the magical world of wonders that lies beneath the waves. Series Producer is Jonathan Smith and Executive Producer is James Honeyborne.
The 4×45 Our Living World is also made by Freeborne Media and Wild Space Productions with Ben Roy series producing and James Honeyborne as exec. “All across its thin green-blue veneer, the Earth pulses with life. Building on astonishing scientific revelations and featuring stunning footage of the planet’s incredible natural networks, Our Living World is the definitive celebration of our living planet, revealing the astonishing web of connections that unites us all and sustains our universe’s most magical phenomenon — life.”
Freeborne Media and Wild Space Productions are also making Our Water World, scheduled for 2025. “From the executive producer of Blue Planet II, Our Water World explores the incredible freshwater systems that help our planet thrive and, without which, life could not exist. From Earth’s icy realms, to its rushing rivers and epic waterfalls, to magical cloud forests, this is the mysterious, surprising and captivating story of our planet’s extraordinary freshwater worlds.” Series Produceris Jackie Garbutt and Executive Producer is James Honeyborne.
Adam Del Deo, VP Documentary Series, said “We are thrilled to deepen our commitment to landmark natural history documentaries with six new series premiering over the next few years, beginning November 22 with the epic tale of Our Universe, narrated by Morgan Freeman. Nature documentaries can help us explore, discover, and appreciate the wonder and complexities of the world around us. The stories are limitless — spanning the arc of history from the Earth’s earliest origins, to the environments we live in now, to the planet we are creating for the future. With stunning filmmaking and innovative technologies, these cinematic documentaries bring even the most exotic or microscopic creatures of the natural world to our fingertips. It’s no surprise that audiences all over the world love films and series about the world. More than 100 million households have tuned in to Our Planet since its release in April 2019. In April of this year, Our Great National Parks debuted on Netflix’s global Top 10 English TV List and the Top 10 in 26 countries. We’re also proud that both series were recognized with Emmy awards. Helmed by visionary producers and voiced by iconic narrators, these new stories are sure to enthrall and entertain viewers of all ages.”
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