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

  • Deadline
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 overnights.tv.

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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BBC Studios Sells Nature Epic ‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’ To European & Latin American Broadcasters

  • Deadline
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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BBC Studios Appoints ‘Blue Planet II’ Commissioner Tom McDonald As Factual Director

  • Deadline
Blue Planet II commissioner Tom McDonald is moving into production to become the director of factual at BBC Studios.

McDonald will move over to the BBC’s commercial production arm in early 2020 after four years as the British broadcaster’s head of natural history and specialist factual commissioning.

He will report to BBC Studios director of content Ralph Lee and is part of a new-look top team. Bodyguard and Line of Duty producer Priscilla Parish was announced as BBC Studios’ drama chief earlier this month, while Josh Cole is joining from Sky to become head of comedy.

As BBC Studios’s director of factual, McDonald will oversee the prestigious Natural History Unit, which is responsible for global brands including Blue Planet II and Planet Earth II.

Lee said: “Tom is a passionate and exceptional program maker, who’s overseen some of the most successful factual content of recent times.”

McDonald
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Steven Spielberg’s ‘Why We Hate’ Is More Timely Than Ever, David Zaslav Says

  • Variety
Steven Spielberg’s ‘Why We Hate’ Is More Timely Than Ever, David Zaslav Says
The political state of the world today has made the upcoming docuseries “Why We Hate” relevant in a way that its producers, Steven Spielberg and Alex Gibney, hardly expected when they began developing the project five years ago, Discovery president and CEO David Zaslav said Thursday.

“Things are much more of a challenge and hate is significantly on the rise,” Zaslav said. “Hate of immigrants, hate of skin color, hate of different people for their religious beliefs.”

That has made getting to the roots of such hostility all the more important – a question that fascinates Spielberg, the director of “Schindler’s List” and founder of the USC Shoah Foundation in 1994 to record stories from the Holocaust. “Why We Hate,” a six-part investigation, begins airing on Discovery next month.

Spielberg told Variety last year that “getting to the root of the human condition is something I find not only fascinating, but
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Norman Lear Becomes Oldest Emmy Winner Ever With ‘Live In Front Of A Studio Audience’ Variety Special Prize

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Norman Lear Becomes Oldest Emmy Winner Ever With ‘Live In Front Of A Studio Audience’ Variety Special Prize
Tonight at the Creative Arts Emmys, Norman Lear, 97, became the oldest Emmy winner in history with a victory in the category of Outstanding Variety Special (Live) for Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All In the Family’ And ‘The Jeffersons.’

“Thank you, thank you, and holy sh*t,” laughed Lear, who executive produced and wrote the special. “I got a great reaction, saying that when opening a Christmas present when I was seven years old. It’s 90 years later, and I feel much the same.”

Calling the project “one of the greatest things that ever happened to me,” the television icon gave much of the credit for the win to fellow executive producer Jimmy Kimmel, who was the driving force behind the project.

“It was all Jimmy Kimmel’s idea,” he said, while also thanking “all the farmers and the ranchers across the globe that have
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‘Our Planet’ Director/Producer Sophie Lanfear On Netflix Documentary Series’ 10 Emmy Nominations: “I Was Super Chuffed”

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For director/producer Sophie Lanfear shooting the “Frozen Worlds” episode of the Netflix documentary series Our Planet involved less than posh accommodations.

“When we were in Russia filming the walrus we lived in a shed. I was the only female and there were seven of us…stacked on shelves,” she recalls. “That’s where we ate, slept, watched telly, downloaded rushes and everything.”

The living conditions may have been rough, but there were rewards—like capturing some unprecedented images.

“The orca killing the penguin predation sequence had never been filmed before,” she tells Deadline. Her team also filmed leopard seals in a novel grouping.

“They’ve always been documented as solitary animals that aren’t very sociable. And it’s never been recorded in any observations anywhere of 36 in one place at one time,” Lanfear notes. “When you’re finding stuff that’s new to science it’s really exciting.
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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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BBC America Plans 24-Hour Block of Nature Shows on Saturdays Starting in 4th Quarter

  • The Wrap
BBC America will become Wonderstruck on Saturdays later this year and will air nature and natural history shows during that time.

Set to launch in the fourth quarter of 2019, Wonderstruck will be the exclusive U.S. television home to the “Planet Earth” collection and other series from BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit. It will take over BBC America’s channel space on Saturdays beginning at 6 a.m. and running until 6 a.m. the next morning. This is similar to how Adult Swim takes over Cartoon Network at nights, but is considered a different network.

Wonderstruck will feature sneak peek at David Attenborough’s “Seven Worlds, One Planet,” which will debut in 2020. “Blue Planet Now,” a follow up to the award-winning “Blue Planet II,” will also anchor the new micro-net.

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Additionally, BBC America has ordered “Eden,
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BBC America Doubles Down On Wildlife With ‘Eden’ – Its First Original From ‘Blue Planet’ Producer Bbcs’ Natural History Unit

BBC America has ordered wildlife series Eden (w/t), its first original series from Blue Planet and Planet Earth producer BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit.

The commission comes as the U.S. cable network ramps up its natural history content with plans to offer a preview of its 2020 tentpole series Seven Worlds, One Planet during the launch of Wonderstruck this fall and Blue Planet Now anchoring its micro-net.

From exec producer Mark Brownlow, who has worked on Blue Planet II and Planet Earth, Eden looks at the 15% of the Earth’s land surface that remains as untouched wilderness. The show will travel to six different and spectacular areas around the world, exploring the wildlife, untamed beauty, and fragility of these last, untouched and irreplaceable places on Earth.

The series will spend a year in these extraordinary wildernesses, following the animals that live there with each episode exploring a different area
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Over 40 stars you didn’t know were 2019 Emmy nominees include Beyonce, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Oprah Winfrey and who else?

Over 40 stars you didn’t know were 2019 Emmy nominees include Beyonce, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Oprah Winfrey and who else?
With all eyes on the major Emmy nominees in star-studded contests, let’s not forget that well over 40 familiar faces are popping up in lesser-publicized categories. Most of these winners will be announced at the Creative Arts Emmys in two separate ceremonies on September 14 and 15, a week before the primetime telecast on September 22. Check out the complete list of nominations here.

The Best Narrator category is filled with stars, including Emmy mainstays Sir David Attenborough (“Our Planet”), Angela Bassett (“The Flood”), Charles Dance (“Savage Kingdom”) and Liev Schreiber (“The Many Lives of Nick Buoniconti”). First-time nominees Juliet Stevenson (“Queens of Mystery”) and Anthony Mendez (“Wonders of Mexico”) round out the contenders. Attenborough is the reigning champion in the category, having prevailed last year for narrating the nature doc “Blue Planet II.”

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Netflix Orders ‘Oceans’ Natural History Series From ‘Blue Planet II’ Creator

  • Variety
Netflix has ordered a multi-part natural history series on the world’s oceans from Freeborne Media, the production outfit of acclaimed natural-history producer James Honeyborne, who created “Blue Planet II.”

Each of the series’ episodes will focus on a different ocean, “combining the disciplines of oceanography, geography and earth sciences to experience these characteristics in new ways,” Netflix said in a statement. The series is the first project to spring from a multi-year deal signed by Freeborne with Netflix to create big-budget natural history programs.

The streaming giant is delving more deeply into the natural history space. It has already released on its platform “Our Planet,” a multi-part wildlife series narrated by BBC stalwart and acclaimed naturalist David Attenborough. That blue-chip series, four years in the making, was filmed in 50 countries and investigated different habitats across the globe, including the deep sea.

Oceans” (working title) will range “from the tropical
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Netflix Travels Across ‘Oceans’ In Big-Budget Wildlife Doc Series From ‘Blue Planet II’ Creator James Honeyborne

Netflix is heading out to sea with the first high-end wildlife documentary series from its deal with Blue Planet II creator James Honeyborne. The Svod service has ordered Oceans (w/t) from his indie Freeborne Media.

This comes after Deadline revealed in January that Honeyborne had inked a multi-year deal with Honeyborne to produce nature and science series.

Oceans will tell the stories of the oceans of the planet, which cover 70% of the globe yet so little is known about each ocean’s unique character. Each episode will focus on a different ocean, combining the disciplines of oceanography, geography and earth sciences to experience these characteristics in new ways. From the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean, to the raging wildness of the Atlantic, from the deceptively peaceful waters of the Pacific that are surrounded by a ring of fire, to the freezing isolation of the Southern and Arctic Oceans
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Netflix Teams With 'Blue Planet II' Creator on 'Oceans' Doc Series

Netflix is continuing the expansion of its natural history output, this time taking the plunge on a new documentary series examining Earth's vast and largely unexplored waters.

Oceans (working title) is the first project from the streaming giant's deal with Freeborne Media, the production company set up by Blue Planet II creator James Honeybourne, who oversaw some 35 films during his time as an executive producer at the BBC’s natural history unit.

Each episode of the series will focus on a different ocean, combining the disciplines of oceanography, geography and earth sciences to experience these characteristics ...
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China’s Migu Commissions BBC Studios for Factual Series ‘One Cup’

  • Variety
“One Cup, A Thousand Stories,” a major factual series about the history and influence of tea, has been commissioned from BBC Studios, by Migu, the digital content subsidiary of China Mobile. The series is BBC Studios’ first fully-funded production commission in China.

BBC Studios has previously worked with other Chinese broadcasters to co-produce titles including “Dynasties” and “Blue Planet II.” The fully-funded commission of “One Cup” follows several months in which BBC Studios Factual production team has had a presence in China, and worked with Kelvin Yau, Svp and Gm, Greater China, BBC Studios, to explore opportunities and partnerships.

“One Cup,” which will be delivered as a 6 x 50 minutes series, was developed and will be produced by BBC Studios in Scotland. It will be distributed internationally by BBC Studios.

The series will travel across the varied landscapes of China to explore its many teas, meet the people who have built a life around it,
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Sir David Attenborough Makes Surprise Appearance At Glastonbury Festival To Debut BBC’s Seven World, One Planet Trailer

To celebrate Glastonbury going single-use plastic-free for the first time in its 49-year history, inspired by the continued Blue Planet II effect, BBC Studios joined forces with festival organizers to celebrate the amazing work of its iconic Natural History Unit and globally launch its next blockbuster Seven Worlds, One Planet, coming soon to BBC America. …
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‘Murder Mystery’ Tops Netflix UK Chart As ‘Black Mirror’ & ‘When They See Us’ Stay Solid

‘Murder Mystery’ Tops Netflix UK Chart As ‘Black Mirror’ & ‘When They See Us’ Stay Solid
Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston’s Murder Mystery has topped Netflix’s latest UK top ten list – coming a day after the Svod service revealed that the feature comedy was watched by 30.87M viewers around the world.

The film, written by James Vanderbilt and directed by Kyle Newacheck, went straight to the top of the UK list after launching on June 14. The films follows a New York cop and his wife who while on a European vacation, get framed and are on the run for the death of an elderly billionaire.

Black Mirror moved down to second after topping last week’s list with mini-series When They See Us similarly moved down a spot to three.

New entries including Jessica Jones coming in seventh in the series list with Trinkets at eight, while Oprah Winfrey Presents: When They See Us Now made the docs list alongside Martin Scorsese’s Bob Dylan doc Rolling Thunder Revue.
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BBC Studios Inks China Co-Production Deal for New Natural History Series

  • Variety
BBC Studios has signed a co-production deal with Chinese firms Tencent Penguin Pictures and the state-run China Media Group CCTV9 for its new natural history series “Seven Worlds, One Planet.”

The series will look at how animal life and behavior has been shaped by the unique environmental circumstances of each of our seven continents. In Asia, it will look more at animals living at the extremes, while in Europe, it will delve into unexpected wildlife living closer to home.

The deal is a continuation of a long and growing partnership between BBC Studios and the Chinese firms. The British broadcaster started working with CCTV9 as early as 2008, when they co-produced the series “Wild China.” They have since collaborated on projects such as “Africa,” “Blue Planet II,” and, most recently, “Dynasties.”

“We’ve been partnering with BBC Studios for some time to bring premium documentaries to our audiences in China,” said
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Nat Geo Orders Female Animal Series ‘Queens’ From Women-Led Production Team (Exclusive)

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Nat Geo Orders Female Animal Series ‘Queens’ From Women-Led Production Team (Exclusive)
Female filmmakers and animals will reign in “Queens,” an upcoming National Geographic global series about matriarchal societies in the animal world. The team behind the series is led by women, with Wildstar Films on production duty and Vanessa Berlowitz exec producing.

“We’re accustomed to a narrative where the male animal voice often outshines that of the mis-perceived ‘gentler’ sex,” Berlowitz said. “In ‘Queens,’ females drive the story. The most accomplished women in the industry get behind the camera to turn things on their heads, revealing surprising insights into how females rise to power, often relying on cooperation and wisdom over brute strength to get ahead.”

The series will follow a sisterhood of a particular animal in each of its six episodes. The producers said the show would reveal unique feminine behaviors in six distinct animal communities: hyenas, elephants, ring-tailed lemurs, insects, primates and killer whales.

Cinematographers on the series
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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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BBC Studios, Zdf Form Development and Co-Production Partnership

  • Variety
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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