Smithsonian Channel in the United States and wildlife producer Earth Touch USA have partnered to coproduce a natural history special about Africa’s largest migration.
Blood River (1 x 50-minutes, HD) will be produced out of Earth Touch’s office in Durban, South Africa, and follow herds of migrating wildebeest in the Serengeti National Park as they make a treacherous and muddy trip along Tanzania’s Mara River. In a statement, Smithsonian EVP of programming David Royle likened the epic scope of the project to “one of the final battles in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.”
Producers promise to put a fresh visual spin on the material by using aerials shot by remote mini-drones and super slow-motion cameras, for example.
Earth Touch and Smithsonian Channel have previously collaborated on specials Death Beach, Venom Island and the three-part series Speed Kills.