Series will premiere worldwide on Love Nature’s branded linear and streaming platforms in April 2022
Malawi Wildlife Rescue Season 2 is produced by Icon Films; Blue Ant International oversees pre-sales and licensing in the U.S. and international markets
(Washington, D.C. – January 21, 2021) – Love Nature, a family-friendly wildlife and nature brand, announced today the greenlight of Season 2 of Malawi Wildlife Rescue (6 x 60’; HD, 4K & HDR; Icon Films), produced by leading independent UK TV production company, Icon Films. The latest installment will continue to follow the work of American veterinarian, Dr. Amanda Salb and her colleagues at the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, while also taking audiences along on the important and courageous field work the team does outside of the Centre. Malawi Wildlife Rescue Season 2 will premiere across Love Nature’s branded linear and streaming platforms worldwide in April 2022. Blue Ant International oversees all pre-sales and licensing in the U.S. and international markets.
“The second season of Malawi Wildlife Rescue will include more field work for the veterinary team and rescue stories from outside of the sanctuary,” says Alison Barrat, SVP, Production and Development, Love Nature. “The new episodes have a sharper focus on the impact of humans in the region, with stories featuring illegal wildlife confiscations, as well as introducing more drama with large animal translocations and rescues as a result of human wildlife conflict.”
“Love Nature’s commitment to bringing animal stories to a growing global audience is key in sharing the important work of the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre,” says Laura Marshall, CEO and Co-Founder, Icon Films. “Season 2 of Malawi Wildlife Rescue, with its strong female led team of vets, gives viewers a broader understanding of the challenges facing wildlife, while still giving an up close look at the animals and people involved.”
The second season extends into Malawi’s dry season, when most of the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre’s crucial field work takes place. Audiences will follow the team along on high-octane excursions that include rescuing animals from snares, confiscating illegal wildlife trafficking, such as pangolins and scorpions, translocating elephants and zebras and dealing with common interactions with wildlife like mischievous baboons. Once again, camera crews embedded in the action give viewers a frontline look at the day-to-day dramas of running the rehabilitation centre. Joining the international team of wildlife experts this season is Animal Care and Rehabilitation Manager, Torie Curr-Smith, an experienced Australian wildlife rehabilitator who studied zoo keeping at Taronga Zoo and worked at the Vervet Monkey Foundation in South Africa overseeing more than 600 monkeys. Also, taking a bigger role this season is Olivia Sievert, the new Canadian release manager, who has worked in Malawi for several years for African parks.
Malawi Wildlife Rescue Season 2 is a Love Nature Original Series and is distributed by Blue Ant International. Jo Robinson serves as Series Producer. Executive Producer for Icon Films is Stephen McQuillan, Alison Barrat, SVP, Production & Development and James Manfull, Executive Producer will oversee the series on behalf of Love Nature.
Love Nature brings audiences powerful stories about the natural world that foster a deeper understanding of and connection to the planet we call home. With its award-winning library of series and documentaries, the brand’s programming aims to forge emotional connections for audiences, while also educating viewers with content that expands their knowledge about nature and animals. Love Nature is available in over 200 million households worldwide, via its branded linear and online platforms available in 120+ countries and through content partnerships with pay-TV platforms including Sky Nature (UK), Starhub (Singapore), Rogers (Canada), KPN and VodafoneZiggo (Netherlands) and more. The brand is also available as a streaming channel on growing platforms like The Roku Channel, Xumo, and Pluto TV in the U.S.; and Youku in China.
Icon Films has a reputation for originality, excellence and entertainment across the breadth of factual genres including science, history, exploration and natural history; having produced over 400 hours of factual programming over 30 years for UK and international broadcasters. Headquartered in Bristol, the UK’s capital of natural history TV production, Icon Films creates award-winning programming for broadcasters including the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, ITV, National Geographic, Discovery Networks, Arte and PBS. The company is listed in Realscreen’s Global 100 top independent production companies as voted for by broadcasters, producers and distributors in the global non-fiction content industry. Icon Films has been repeatedly named in Broadcast’s annual Best Places to Work in TV list and has been listed in the Top Independent and True Indies table in both Broadcast and Televisual Indie surveys. Icon Films was founded by Harry Marshall (Chairman) and Laura Marshall (CEO). Senior Leadership Team: Creative Director Stephen McQuillan, Director of Production Andie Clare and Commercial Director Lucy Middelboe. www.iconfilms.co.uk
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