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Netflix invests big in sequel to Planet Earth series

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African Elephant in front of double rainbow, image source - Netflix Photograher - Masai Mara, Kenya © naturepl.com / Andy Rouse / WWF

African Elephant in front of double rainbow, image source - Netflix
Photograher - Masai Mara, Kenya © naturepl.com / Andy Rouse / WWF

Netflix has confirmed overnight it has commissioned a new eight part natural history series made by the creators of the critically and popularly acclaimed series Planet Earth.

The ambitious project will take four years to produce and is the largest of its kind ever attempted. Nature content has always been popular on Netflix so its no surprise to see the SVOD provider commit to this content.

The series will take viewers into never-before-filmed wilderness areas from the ice caps and deep ocean to deserts and remote forests, introducing them to the most precious species and places that must withstand the impact of humanity so generations to come can enjoy the bounties of the natural world.

The series is being produced by Silverback Films, led by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey, who created Planet Earth, Frozen Planet and Blue Planet for the BBC, as well as the Disneynature films Earth, Bears, African Cats and Chimpanzee. WWF, the world’s leading conservation organization with operations in more than 100 countries and over 5 million members, is providing the Silverback team unparalleled access to its projects in protected areas around the world and will collaborate on multi-media storytelling across its web and other platforms.

Using the latest in 4K camera technology, the series and a range of specially produced storytelling for multi-media platforms will bring millions of people into intimate contact with some of the world’s rarest animals and most precious natural habitats.

“Netflix is proud to be the global home for perhaps Silverback’s most ambitious project to date,” said Lisa Nishimura, Vice President, Netflix Original Documentaries. “The Planet projects have enjoyed great success on Netflix and have helped launch new technologies for viewing at home. We think watching Our Planet, fully on demand in 4K will be an unforgettable experience for our members.”

“Our Planet is going to raise the bar for natural history landmarks, ” said Alastair Fothergill, Executive Producer Silverback Films. “We will reveal the most amazing sights on Earth and show them in ways they have never been seen before. Partnering with Netflix and WWF gives us the ability to reach and enthuse global audiences with the wonder and importance of the natural world.”

“Our Planet will inspire millions of people around the world by showcasing the planet’s most precious species and most fragile habitats through a visionary series and cutting edge multimedia storytelling,” said Colin Butfield, Executive Producer, WWF. “At this critical time for global conservation we are honored to work with Silverback and Netflix on this completely unique collaboration.”

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