Discovery/Sony/IMAX 3D net announces first programming wave

Original series from Flight 33 Productions, NHNZ and Aquavision Television Productions are among the native 3D programs heading to the 24/7 3D network.
October 18, 2010

The 3D joint venture of Discovery Communications, Sony Corporation and IMAX has announced an initial list of native 3D programs slated to air on the net after its 2011 launch.

Original series include Abandoned Planet, produced by Flight 33 Productions. The series of one-hour episodes takes a close look at entire cities that have been abandoned by humanity. South African prodco Aquavision Television Productions is bringing Africa in 3D, a series of one-hour programs, to the new net’s slate.

Natural History New Zealand (NHNZ) has two programs listed in the initial programming wave. China, coproduced with China’s CICC, will give viewers a 3D tour of the teeming metropolises, sweeping landscapes and spiritual hotspots of the country. Jewels of the World, meanwhile, is a three-dimensional travelog coproduced with the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) and Beach House Pictures and featuring UNESCO’s World Heritage sites, including Machu Picchu, Peru; the Temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia; and the Grand Canyon National Park in the United States, among others.

Also set to air on the network are such Discovery Communications properties as Attack of the Giant Jellyfish, produced by Story House Productions, and Picture Shack Entertainment production The Haunted, which airs in 2D on Animal Planet and will have new episodes shot in 3D for the Discovery/Sony/IMAX J.V.

The net will also be airing several acquired titles including IMAX’s Into the Deep 3D and the Tom Hanks-narrated Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D. Sony titles that have been announced thus far include the animated kids flick Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and the 2006 film Monster House, exec produced by Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis.

‘Today’s announcement represents the first step in our commitment to provide viewers with immersive, entertaining programming as we build the most extensive library of original and exclusive 3D content available anywhere,’ said Tom Cosgrove, president and CEO of the Discovery/Sony/IMAX J.V. ‘As we work toward launch, we are focused on bringing together a diverse slate of high-quality 3D offerings from both our strategic partners, as well as premier production companies from around the globe.’

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