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NatGeo orders first scripted content

National Geographic Channel has signed a development deal with DNA Films & TV and FX Productions for what will be the network’s first scripted series, Blood Ivory (working title).

Joshua Brand (The Americans) has been tapped to write the pilot script of what promises to be an “edge-of-your-seat thriller, tracing the massive global web of contraband animals and ivory, and its connection to the trafficking of narcotics, people and weapons”.

“National Geographic has strived to bring the horrors of the ivory trade to the forefront of the global conversation in recent years,” said Courteney Monroe, CEO of the National Geographic Global Networks. “With Blood Ivory, we are hoping to craft a smart, relevant and riveting drama series that will not only be entertaining under the guidance of some of the best storytellers working today, but also drive home the importance of ending a senseless war on the animal kingdom.”

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