New docu-series produced by White Pine Pictures
(TORONTO – January 21, 2020) – Love Nature 4K announces the greenlight of its new natural history series, Wild Pacific Rescue (6×60’;4K). The series, produced by White Pine Pictures, will premiere on Cottage Life in Canada in Spring of 2021 and roll out across select Love Nature linear and streaming video platforms internationally. Blue Ant International will handle licensing opportunities worldwide, including the US.
Wild Pacific Rescue takes viewers on dramatic and emotional expeditions along the rugged, mountain-ringed coastline of the Pacific Northwest, with world-renowned veterinarian, Dr. Marty Haulena and his skilled team as they rescue and rehabilitate some of the ocean’s most extraordinary creatures. Orcas, sea lions, dolphins and sea turtles are just some of the threatened patients that Dr. Marty finds in the wild and treats at the Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue (MMR) Centre. Ocean Wise Conservation Association, the not-for-profit that operates the Vancouver Aquarium provides Wild Pacific Rescue with unique and exclusive access to its world-class facility. On any given day the MMR team could be disentangling a trapped California sea lion from a fishing net, administering antibiotics to a sick Orca from a moving Zodiac, or hand raising an orphaned sea otter pup.
“The stories in each episode highlight the passion the caregivers at the Vancouver Aquarium bring to their work and the deep connections they have with all animals,” says Carlyn Staudt, EVP, Love Nature 4K. “Wild Pacific Rescue’s breathtaking 4K footage immerses viewers in the beauty of the natural habitat as well as high stakes these wild mammals face.”
“We’re looking forward to making this premium specialist factual content available to broadcasters worldwide,” said Ludo Dufour, SVP, International Co-Productions and Sales, Blue Ant International. “The series provides an up-close look at the urgent threat to wildlife, while also giving viewers heartwarming stories that inspire hope.”
Wild Pacific Rescue is created and produced by White Pine Pictures in exclusive partnership with the Ocean Wise Conservation Association. The series was created by Andrew Munger and is produced by Peter Raymont and Munger. Overseeing the series for Cottage Life is Sam Linton, Head of Original Content, Blue Ant Media. James Manfull will executive produce the series on behalf of Love Nature. Blue Ant International handles the series licensing.
Love Nature is a modern 4K natural history content brand that is platform agnostic. Love Nature reaches viewers and lovers of wildlife on whatever platform they use, from linear, OTT, VOD, YouTube, and more. We go where the consumer is watching. As such, Love Nature continues to grow and expand while offering viewers a chance to get closer to nature through both powerful stories about the natural world and stunning 4K and HDR footage. Our goal is to foster a deeper understanding of and connection to the planet we call home through our content, which is one of the largest libraries of 4K natural history programming in the world. Engage with us at lovenature.com/ Twitter/Facebook/Instagram
About White Pine Pictures
Founded 40 years ago by Emmy-Award filmmaker, Peter Raymont, White Pine Pictures is a Toronto-based film and television production company. Its documentary feature films include the Emmy and Sundance award-winning Shake Hands with the Devil and the Oscar short-listed Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould and A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman. White Pine Pictures recently produced the TIFF 2019 Opening Night Gala Film, Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band, Toxic Beauty and season two of CBC’s In the Making. Margaret Atwood: A Word after a Word after a Word is Power premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam in 2019. White Pine also produced the widely broadcast TV drama series The Border & Cracked and Arctic Secrets, an 8 x 60min, 4K documentary series for Blue Ant Media’s Love Nature.
About Ocean Wise® Conservation Association
Ocean Wise Conservation Association is a not-for-profit global conservation organization on a mission to protect and restore the world’s oceans. Born out of the Vancouver Aquarium’s 60-year commitment to marine ecosystems, Ocean Wise is focussed on empowering action through conservation, education and research. Ocean Wise’s many programs include the Vancouver Aquarium, Marine Mammal Rescue Program, The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, Ocean Wise Seafood Program, Ocean Bridge, Marine Mammal Research Program, and The Plastics Lab. Ocean Wise is headquartered at the Vancouver Aquarium in Vancouver’s Stanley Park. Learn more at ocean.org.
About Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre
The Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, a not-for-profit Ocean Wise initiative, is a hospital for sick, injured or orphaned marine mammals that have been impacted by human activity or interference. The aim of the program is to rescue, rehabilitate and release animals back into the wild. rescue.ocean.org.