UKTV’s Eden HD snaps up Earth-Touch’s wildlife docs

Earth-Touch has announced pre-sales for six hour-long wildlife documentaries with UKTV's digital channel, Eden HD, including Dolphins - Beauty Before Brains?
March 7, 2011

Earth-Touch has announced pre-sales for six hour-long wildlife documentaries with UKTV’s factual channel, Eden HD.

The digital channel has acquired Earth-Touch’s debut film Gannets – The Wrong Side of the Run, along with Diving with Crocodiles, Pride in Battle and Cheetah – Price of Speed, all coproductions with Smithsonian Networks.

Eden HD has also pre-bought Lemurs – Phantoms of the Forest and Dolphins – Beauty before Brains?, both new documentary programs debuting at MIPTV.

Ordered by Eden HD’s channel head, Adrian Wills, the deal was negotiated by UKTV’s acquisitions executive, Emma Sparks, and Chris Fletcher, director of sales and programming for Earth-Touch. Fletcher is also executive producer of the six films.

Gannets – The Wrong Side of the Run explores the impact of two massive sardine populations on the food chain, while Diving with Crocodiles looks at the Nile crocodile.  Pride in Battle follows lions in the remote Xakanaka area of Botswana and Cheetah – Price of Speed follows a young family of cheetahs on the plains of the Southern Serengeti as they battle to survive.

The two new docs sold to Eden, premiering at Cannes, are Dolphins – Beauty before Brains?, which investigates the recent assertion that dolphins are not as smart as previously thought, and Phantoms of the Forest , which follows the efforts to protect the rare and beautiful Silky Sifaka Lemur.


Earth-Touch will also be selling new one-hour HD documentaries,  Boteti – The Returning River and Lost Lagoon.

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