New Original Love Nature Greenlights include Planet Shark, How the Wild Things Sleep and Woodpeckers: The Hole Story
Blue Ant International oversees worldwide distribution in non-commissioning territories
(Dana Point, California – June 8, 2022) – Love Nature, a wildlife and nature brand with linear and streaming channels available in over 127 countries, announces today, at Realscreen Summit, a slate of new original programming including Planet Shark, How the Wild Things Sleep and Woodpeckers: The Hole Story. The new titles reinforce Love Nature’s commitment to creating premium original natural history content and fostering working relationships with world-class, North American partners including WNET and CBC. In addition to premiering on Love Nature’s branded linear and streaming platforms and co-finance partner channels, the new programming will also roll out on Sky Nature in the UK, Germany and Italy. The slate also leverages Love Nature’s relationship with global distribution group, Blue Ant International, which oversees licensing opportunities for the new titles outside of commissioning territories.
“Collaborating with like-minded partners is one part of our strategy in creating ambitious, world-class natural history content that is sought after around the world,” says Carlyn Staudt, Global General Manager, Love Nature. “Each of these series offers a new and exciting approach to wildlife storytelling. Our audiences are hungry for a fresh take on the natural history genre.”
Overseen by Alison Barrat, SVP of Production & Development, Love Nature, the new slate of original series includes:
Planet Shark (3 x 60’; 4K & HDR)
Producer: Big Wave Productions
Acquired By: National Geographic
Shot in stunning 4K, this blue-chip docuseries reveals new scientific discoveries and incredible footage of one of the most fascinating hunters on the planet—sharks. The series takes viewers on underwater expeditions with the world’s leading shark scientists, who use next generation tracking technologies to capture dramatic and surprising behavior. This technology will give audiences new perspectives and big-picture insights on how these animals live and why they reign supreme underwater. The series also reveals fascinating stories about sharks such as the incredible depths they reach, their ability to hunt in teams, and a blind species of shark who can live for up to 400 years.
How the Wild Things Sleep (1 x 60’; 4K & HDR)
Producers: Taglicht Media and Tell Tale Productions
Co-production Partners: CBC, WDR and Arte
This documentary explores sleep, one of the least understood animal behaviors. This documentary reveals some of the most extreme sleepers on Earth, as scientists step up the technology game and go wild. The film uses microchips, GPS trackers, night-vision-cameras and perpendicular sensors to monitor the sleep patterns of a wide range of wildlife to discover their sleeping behaviors and oddities. Enormous elephants sleep only two hours a day, tiny bees snooze up to ten hours daily and some birds manage to sleep while spending 300 days a year up in the air. Some animals can nap with only half of their brain at a time, or choose to snooze with the whole brain, while their muscles become completely paralysed. Each species has found a way to adapt sleep to their specific environments and lifestyles, resulting in a mesmerizing kaleidoscope of different sleep strategies. On CBC, the documentary is slated to air on The Nature of Things.
Woodpeckers: The Hole Story (1 x 60’; 4K & HDR)
Producer: Coneflower Studios
Co-Production Partner: The WNET Group
This special examines the incredible diversity and fascinating impact of the world’s 240+ species of woodpeckers. Filmed in regions around the globe this documentary special follows the intimate stories of two very different woodpecker families as they raise their young, while tracking their unique evolutionary journey and the powerful role they play in every ecosystem they inhabit. Uniquely engineered for their particular lifestyles, some woodpeckers are sap drinkers, others live exclusively in forests ravaged by fire and some drill deep into the bark of decaying trees using their spear like tongue to fish insects from deep in the cambium. The colorful species will also reveal the critical role woodpeckers play in enriching their environments by creating housing for other species, promoting and aiding decay and controlling destructive insects.
Love Nature, headquartered in Washington D.C. with offices in Los Angeles, London, Toronto and Singapore, is a wildlife and nature brand that brings audiences powerful stories about the natural world that foster a deeper understanding of and connection to the planet we call home. Our award winning library of 4K natural history series and documentaries are available on Love Nature’s branded linear and streaming platforms through partnerships with top-tier pay-TV platforms and streamers, reaching over 360 million households globally in 127 countries. Engage with us at lovenature.com / Twitter / Facebook / YouTube / Instagram
Blue Ant International is a leading worldwide distributor of high-quality, creative content that engages audiences worldwide and across multiple platforms. The company offers a full-service approach to production partners with sales operations in London, Toronto, Miami and Los Angeles. Blue Ant International has a growing slate of over 4,000 hours of premium content, including distinctive series and formats in five key genres including factual entertainment, specialist factual, high-impact documentaries, kids and family, and scripted. Blue Ant International also has one of the world’s largest offerings of 4K natural history content. Blue Ant International is a division of Blue Ant Media.