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‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’: BBC One & BBC America’s Wildlife Epic Premieres With 7M Viewers In The UK

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Sir David Attenborough’s latest wildlife epic, Seven Worlds, One Planet, got off to a strong start for BBC One ahead of its premiere on BBC America next year.

The globe-trotting nature show, which spotlights the natural wonders in different continents each episode, was seen by nearly 7M people at 6.15Pm on BBC One.

It was comfortably the most-watched show at the time, and its viewing share of 35.57% was ahead of the 27.17% the slot usually attracts, according to Barb ratings figures provided by

Seven Worlds, One Planet beat the debut of Dynasties last year, which was seen by 5.7M, but could not compete with the premieres of Blue Planet II (10.4m) and Planet Earth II (9.2m) — although both these were shown at the later time of 8Pm.

Seven Worlds, One Planet started in Antarctica and featured a dramatic scene in which a gentoo penguin tried to escape a
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Netflix, Amazon deals help ​UK TV exports hit new high of £1.4bn

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Netflix, Amazon deals help ​UK TV exports hit new high of £1.4bn
TV sales were led drama hits including Bodyguard and Killing Eve.

In the era of peak TV, UK TV exports have reached a record high of £1.4bn in 2018/2019, according to new research from producers’ group Pact. Hits included Bodyguard, Killing Eve, Love Island and Planet Earth II.

The TV Exports Report reveals this volume is up 7% from 2017/2018.

TV sales were led by high-end drama – shows such as Bodyguard or Killing Eve – at 48%, followed by non-scripted factual (such as Planet Earth II) at 23% and entertainment (including Love Island) at 15%.

The Us remained the biggest market for UK export revenue at £444m,
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Mipcom Roundup: E4 Buys ‘Star Trek: Discovery’; All3Media Sells Drama Package

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In Variety’s fourth Mipcom roundup, E4 buys U.K. linear rights to “Star Trek: Discovery,” All3Media sells drama package to Pickbox Now, African broadcasters buy 800 hours of content from BBC Studios, France’s Serieclub acquires offbeat Norwegian comedy, Zdf and Red Balloon team for young adult book adaptation, and Viacom and Youku partner on kids’ animation.

E4 Buys U.K. Linear Rights to ‘Star Trek: Discovery

The U.K.’s E4 has acquired the linear television rights to “Star Trek: Discovery” from CBS Studios International. “Star Trek: Discovery,” which has aired on Netflix in the U.K. since its launch in 2017, will air on the youth-skewing channel E4 in 2020. E4 has also picked up new CBS comedy “Man With a Plan” starring Matt LeBlanc from CBS. Barry Chamberlain, president of sales at CBS Studios International, said: “Channel 4 is already a licensee for several of our top-rated franchises,
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BBC Studios Sells Nature Epic ‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’ To European & Latin American Broadcasters

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As the BBC gears up to premiere its epic new nature series, Seven Worlds, One Planet, later this month, the show continues to prove popular with international broadcasters.

The co-production with BBC America, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, has been sold by BBC Studios to Sweden (Svt), Denmark (Dr), Norway (Nrk), Spain (Telefonica), Czech Republic (Prima and Czech TV) and Latin America’s Discovery as part of an existing multi-year partnership.

The seven-part series – which tells the story of the planet through the eyes of a different continent in each episode – already counts Tencent Penguin Pictures, Zdf, France Télévisions and China’s CCTV9 among its co-production partners.

BBC Earth in India and BBC Earth channels across Africa, Canada, Nordics, Asia, Medme, Poland and Cee will also be showing the series.

Paul Dempsey, president of global distribution for BBC Studios, said: “The appetite for blue chip series from BBC Studios’ natural
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ITV Preps Major Wildlife Series, Taking On Rivals BBC & Netflix, As Producer Plimsoll Hunts U.S. Co-Pro Partners

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Exclusive: ITV is moving into the resurgent natural history space with its first major wildlife series in a number of years, taking on the likes of the BBC, Netflix and Discovery.

The British commercial broadcaster is working with Hostile Planet producer Plimsoll Productions on landmark doc series A Year On Planet Earth (w/t) and the Grant Mansfield-run business is currently in La pitching the project to U.S. broadcasters and streaming platforms to finalize its financing.

A Year On Planet Earth is being overseen by showrunner Tom Hugh-Jones, creative director at Plimsoll, who was the showrunner of the BBC’s Planet Earth II and Nat Geo’s Hostile Planet, and Plimsoll’s Head of Wildlife, Dr Martha Holmes.

Deadline understands that the series showcases the planet’s annual journey around the sun and its impact on the globe.

Hugh-Jones and Holmes are in La this week, on the
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How Hans Zimmer Recreated ‘The Lion King’ Score With a Greater ‘Circle of Life’ Musical Vibe

How Hans Zimmer Recreated ‘The Lion King’ Score With a Greater ‘Circle of Life’ Musical Vibe
For Hans Zimmer, “The Lion King” has always been “about giving to Africa,” not “taking from Africa.” And 25 years later, returning to his Oscar-winning score, he had a greater sense of purpose. The world had changed, and so had Zimmer, who leaned into the primacy of nature and environmental themes in Jon Favreau’s innovative remake comprised of stunning, life-like, CG animation. “The Circle of Life” had now come to life in all its beautiful African glory, like a narrative nature doc, and Zimmer tuned in musically with that vibe.

“Jon is a smart man,” Zimmer said. “He knew I had some sense of ownership, but at the same time, what is there to talk about? I thought I knew what they were doing. He showed me the opening and it was way beyond my imagination. It looks like reality, but there’s great artistry involved…very emotional.”

And it
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Emmys Trivia: 20 Surprising Facts From 2019’s Nominations

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For a show that technically wasn’t eligible at the Emmy Awards in 2019, “The Handmaid’s Tale” did quite well this year. The Hulu drama picked up 11 nominations, including major ones like outstanding directing, writing, guest actress and guest actor, thanks to a quirk in the TV Academy’s Emmy rules.

As previously noted, most of “The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 2 ran during 2018 Emmy eligibility.. But because three episodes of Season 2 aired outside of last year’s eligibility period, individual achievement awards from those three extra episodes were still eligible this year. And Hulu definitely benefited from that — otherwise, the streamer would have only had nine nominations this year.

Meanwhile, 2019 will go down in Emmy history as a year when several records were broken. “Game of Thrones” posted a new comedy or drama series nomination record with 32, while Lorne Michaels extended his status as the most-nominated individual in history at
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15 Emmy Records That Were Broken by the 2019 Nominations, From ‘Game of Thrones’ to Ted Danson

15 Emmy Records That Were Broken by the 2019 Nominations, From ‘Game of Thrones’ to Ted Danson
Records fell when the 2019 Emmy nominations were announced on Tuesday, including the most for a drama or comedy series in a single year and the most for a network in a single year.

Here’s a list of some of the records that have fallen, with many of them being broken by the individuals or shows who already held those records:

Game of Thrones” has now set the record for the most nominations in a single year for any drama or comedy series, with 32.

Also Read: Emmy Nominees: The Complete List

Its nomination in the Outstanding Drama Series category also ties “Game of Thrones” with “Mad Men” for second place all-time with eight nominations in that category. (“Law & Order” is first with 11.)

Game of Thrones” and “Mad Men” are also now tied as the longest-running shows to have every single season nominated for Outstanding Drama Series.

Game of Thrones
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HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ Is Now the Top-Rated TV Show on IMDb

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“Chernobyl,” HBO’s gritty and horrifying retelling of the worst nuclear disaster in history, has jumped to the No. 1 spot on IMDb’s all-time TV rankings just days after the limited series concluded.

As of Tuesday, “Chernobyl” had a 9.7-star (out of 10) average rating from about 140,000 users on the Amazon-owned IMDb site. The five-episode limited series finished its run on HBO Sunday, June 3.

For now, that puts the critically acclaimed “Chernobyl” ahead of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” (9.5), BBC’s “Planet Earth II” (9.5), HBO’s “Band of Brothers” (9.5), the original “Planet Earth” (9.4), HBO’s “Game of Thrones” (9.3) and HBO’s “The Wire” (9.3), according to IMDb’s ranking of TV shows. (Fandango’s Rotten Tomatoes currently doesn’t provide an Audience Score for “Chernobyl.”)

Variety TV critic Caroline Framke, in her review of the show, wrote, “Rather than bursting into shocking twists, writer Craig Mazin and director Johan Renck build a steadily creeping unease,
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Game Of Thrones Is No Longer IMDb’s Top Rated Show

A disastrous final season and the emergence of a new critically acclaimed show on its own network has led to Game of Thrones being removed from the Iron Throne of IMDb. The iconic medieval drama was once one of the highest rated television shows of all-time. While it’s still tied for third place with other classics like Band of Brothers, Breaking Bad and Planet Earth, it’s no longer the most applauded series on HBO. That crown belongs to Chernobyl.

The riveting miniseries has not only passed Game of Thrones‘ 9.4 overall rating, but has passed second-place Planet Earth II on its way to becoming the highest rated TV series on IMDb. It currently sits atop its competition with an extremely impressive 9.6, which was voted on by more than 75,000 users.

Though undoubtedly impressive, that’s still barely a fraction of the over one million people who signed the petition to
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Favreau to produce docu-series

"The Jungle Book" director Jon Favreau will produce a dinosaur documentary series for Apple.

Favreau has teamed up with BBC Studios' Natural History Unit on "Prehistoric Planet", which will use CGI to tell the story of the last days of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago, reports

The Natural History Unit is the division behind "Planet Earth" and "Blue Planet".

The upcoming series will be executive produced by Favreau and "Planet Earth II" executive producer Mike Gunton with series producer Tim Walker and Andrew R. Jones.

It comes as Favreau is writing and executive producing "The Mandalorian", the first live-action "Star Wars" television series for Disney+.

It is the latest big-budget natural history deal for BBC Studios. The series has been ordered by Jay Hunt, Apple's Creative Director, Europe, Worldwide Video.

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Apple Orders Jon Favreau Natural-History Dinosaur Series From BBC Studios

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Apple Orders Jon Favreau Natural-History Dinosaur Series From BBC Studios
Apple has greenlit “Prehistoric Planet,” a natural-history series that will use CGI to recreate the last days of the dinosaurs. Jon Favreau and “Planet Earth II” producer Mike Gunton are teaming on the series for Apple’s soon-to-launch streaming service. It will be produced by BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit.

Confirming the series order, BBC Studios said the show will use “breathtaking CGI to take us back to the last days of the dinosaurs, experiencing the unique wonders of planet Earth 66 million years ago.”

Double Academy Award winner Andrew R. Jones (“Avatar”) is also on the production team, as is producer Tim Walker.

The big-ticket natural history order comes after Apple unveiled a starry slate for its upcoming Apple TV Plus streaming service, which launches this fall. News of its international plans, however, has been thin on the ground. Former Channel 4 programming boss Jay Hunt is spearheading the international lineup from London,
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‘The Jungle Book’ Director Jon Favreau Teams With BBC Studios’ Nhu To Produce Doc Series ‘Prehistoric Planet’ For Apple

‘The Jungle Book’ Director Jon Favreau Teams With BBC Studios’ Nhu To Produce Doc Series ‘Prehistoric Planet’ For Apple
Iron Man and The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau is to produce a dinosaur documentary series for Apple.

Favreau has teamed up with BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit on Prehistoric Planet, which will use CGI to tell the story of the last days of the dinosaurs 66M years ago.

The Natural History Unit is the division behind Planet Earth and Blue Planet.

The series will be exec produced by Favreau and Planet Earth II exec producer Mike Gunton with series producer Tim Walker and Andrew R. Jones.

It comes as Favreau is writing and exec producing The Mandalorian, the first live-action Star Wars television series for Disney+.

It is the latest big-budget natural history deal for BBC Studios, which recently struck a long-term deal with Discovery.

The series has been ordered by Jay Hunt, Apple’s Creative Director, Europe, Worldwide Video.
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BBC Studios, Zdf Form Development and Co-Production Partnership

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BBC Studios and German pubcaster Zdf have formed a strategic partnership to develop and co-produce “world-class content,” the two companies announced Thursday.

The new long-term partnership will bring BBC Studios, the British pubcaster’s commercial arm, and Zdf together to co-develop scripted TV series, such as “The Mallorca Files,” created by Dan Sefton. Both companies will pitch scripted projects with international appeal.

The deal also gives Zdf an exclusive first-look option in Germany to co-produce new landmark titles from BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit, such as the upcoming “One Planet, Seven Worlds,” as well as a first option on BBC Studios’ factual catalog.

Norbert Himmler, chief content officer at Zdf, said the two companies shared “the aspiration to offer the highest-quality programs across all genres.”

“The new substantial agreement consolidates the traditional and successful cooperation between the two broadcasters and strengthens our position against increasingly fierce competition – especially in times of limited financial resources,
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Emmy Predictions 2019: Best Documentary or Nonfiction Series

Emmy Predictions 2019: Best Documentary or Nonfiction Series
Last Year’s Winner: “Wild Wild Country

Still Eligible: No.

Hot Streak: Since Netflix earned its first nomination (and win) in the category, only Netflix original series — or series that have benefitted from streaming on its platform — have won the category. “Making a Murderer” broke through for the digital giant in 2016, earning the initial nod and win, while “Wild Wild Country” took home the title again in 2018. In between, “Planet Earth II” won for BBC America (while “Chef’s Table” and “The Keepers” were nominated as Netflix originals). The initial “Planet Earth” and its sequel both stream on Netflix (and have for some time).

Fun Fact: In the 21 years this category has been active (it was called Outstanding Nonfiction Series before this and Outstanding Informational Series before that), PBS has won in 14 of those years and has 15 trophies, thanks to two of its programs tying in 1999. There has never been
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TV Review: ‘Our Planet’ With David Attenborough

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TV Review: ‘Our Planet’ With David Attenborough
You’d be forgiven for believing “Our Planet” is just another “Planet Earth.” Not only is it from the same creator as BBC America’s landmark series in Alistair Fothergill, but it is also narrated by the soothing tones of David Attenborough, the voice that has guided “Planet Earth” and its oceanic sister show “Blue Planet” for years. And just like “Planet Earth,” the eight episodes of “Our Planet” focuses on specific environments — from forests to high seas to “frozen worlds” and beyond — with gorgeous, jawdropping shots of the Earth’s most beautiful, intriguing, inscrutable, surprising wildlife.

But there is one crucial, stark difference between “Planet Earth” and “Our Planet” that makes the latter a more necessary update than initially meets the eye. While “Planet Earth II” wove the increasingly undeniable evidence of climate change into its fabric, particularly with its stunning and ambitious “Cities” episode, “Our Planet” makes it
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Benjamin Wallfisch’s Score for NatGeo ‘Hostile Planet’ Series to Get Unusual Three-Part Release (Exclusive)

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Benjamin Wallfisch’s Score for NatGeo ‘Hostile Planet’ Series to Get Unusual Three-Part Release (Exclusive)
Composer Benjamin Wallfisch’s music for National Geographic’s six-part natural history series “Hostile Planet” will be released by Milan Records in an uncoventional three-part configuration over two months.

Divided by landscapes, Wallfisch’s score will be parceled out across three albums: “Mountains and Oceans,” released April 5; “Grasslands and Jungles,” April 19; and “Deserts and Polar,” May 3, in all platforms worldwide.

Hostile Planet” debuts April 1. NatGeo says its nature documentary “takes viewers around the world to discover extraordinary accounts of animal adaptation in the most brutal environments,” with host Bear Grylls (“Man vs. Wild”). The filmmaking team includes producers from the acclaimed “Blue Planet” and “Planet Earth II” series.

The composer is best known for his music for “It” and his many collaborations with Hans Zimmer including “Blade Runner 2049,” “Hidden Figures” and “Dunkirk.” A past Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominee, he has also written the scores for the upcoming films “Shazam” and “Hellboy,
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BBC Doubles Down On Natural History With ‘Frozen Planet’ & ‘Planet Earth’ Sequels & ‘Perfect Planet’

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The BBC is doubling down on its landmark Planet strand with three new major natural history titles. The British public broadcaster has ordered Perfect Planet in addition to follow ups to Planet Earth and Frozen Planet.

The move is a major statement of intent from the BBC, which has regularly backed big-budget wildlife series. The BBC has called these orders part of an “unprecedented commitment” to natural history.

Perfect Planet will be a unique fusion of blue chip natural history and earth sciences explaining how the living planet operates. This five-part series will show how the forces of nature – weather, ocean currents, solar energy and volcanoes – drive, shape and support Earth’s great diversity of life. It will broadcast in 2020.

Notably, Perfect Planet, which is being producd by Silverback Films in association with China’s Tencent Penguin Pictures, France Télévisions and The Open University, does not yet have a U.
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Dynasties Is a Powerful and Necessary New Species of Nature Documentary

When it comes to awe-inspiring nature documentaries offering intimate examinations of our planet and its many lifeforms, no one does it better than the BBC's Natural History Unit. The groundbreaking series Planet Earth and The Blue Planet, as well as their recent sequels, Planet Earth II and Blue


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Bush Guides, Night Cameras Help BBC America’s ‘Dynasties’ Catch Unique Moments

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Just getting to one of the locations of BBC America wildlife documentary series “Dynasties” — presented by David Attenborough and following the lives of endangered animals — requires an 11-hour flight from London to Johannesburg, a two-hour connection to Harare, Zimbabwe, an hourlong chartered Cessna 206 trip to Mana Pools National Park airstrip and an hour’s drive to the banks of the Zambezi River.

Imagine the logistics of making the trek with 50 bags of gear.

Difficulties abound. Authorities will “go through every single piece of equipment, every battery you have, to match serial numbers,” says Nick Lyon, director of the series’ “Painted Wolf” episode. He adds that producers need to be aware of certain restrictions, including the prohibition of camera equipment of American military origin.

Lyon and executive producer Mike Gunton were not allowed to bring in the latest HD thermal cameras, which they were going to use for night shoots. Instead,
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