Toronto-based Blue Ant Media’s Love Nature streaming channel is investing in a joint-venture full-UHD production Camp Zambia. Blue Ant’s partner in the project is Plimsoll Productions, and the plan calls for some 50 hours of stunning wildlife and nature programming from a new production facility in Zambia.
The series producers say they will record and showcase the extraordinary breadth of African wildlife, and captured by some of the most experienced creative and technical teams on the planet.
The 4K content will be produced for Love Nature’s Canadian and international SVoD consumers, and Smithsonian Networks’ own standalone OTT streaming service, Smithsonian Earth, and will be licensed for overseas distribution by Blue Ant International.
Delegates to the upcoming MIPtv and its special focus on 4K/UHD (April 4-7) will hear more about the project from David Royle, EVP/Programming & Production at Smithsonian Networks, during his Keynote at the event.
Plimsoll’s high profile production team includes EVP/International Production Andrew Jackson (North America, Frozen Planet, Africa), Head of Wildlife Martha Holmes (Blue Planet, Manhunters, Life) and Series Editor James Smith (Tribe, Amazon with Bruce Parry). Los Angeles-based Bleeding Fingers Music, a Hans Zimmer and Extreme Music partnership, has been commissioned to compose original music for the project.
Plimsoll Productions creates and produces non scripted programming for the international television market from offices in both the UK and the USA. The award winning creative team has produced some of the biggest factual hits of recent years, winning Emmy Awards, as well as top awards from BAFTA and RTS. Since its launch in September 2013, the company has grown rapidly, with more than 20 series and over 125 hours of programming for both domestic and international networks.