U.S. net Discovery Channel will launch its landmark natural history series North America, which will span the continent in seven episodes, on May 19.
Previously unveiled at the Discovery Upfront presentations in April, the series will travel from the sub-zero Canadian tundra to the tropical rainforests of Panama, capturing the wildlife and the environment in between.
The Silverback Films’ production was the result of 2,830 days on location and 250 separate expeditions, as well as 11 different types of camera - including ultra-high speed cameras, night viewing devices, and a submarine camera – resulting in 850 hours of footage.
The first five episodes of North America will see animals – ranging from the desert jaguar in Mexico to the salmon diving grizzly bears in Alaska – struggling to survive. The series also includes a “Making Of” episode, while the finale reveals the top natural North American destination, selected by online viewers on Discovery’s ‘My North America’ Facebook page.
North America’s multi-platform components will include bonus videos, photos and interactive quizzes, while a mobile/web natural history application will be launched to tie in with North America‘s content.
Silverback Films’ Keith Scholey serves as executive producer and Huw Cordey serves as series producer, while for Discovery Channel, Christine Weber and Iain Riddick serve as executive producers with Kristin Wilcox as associate producer.
“Discovery Channel sets the pace when it comes to natural history programming”, said Eileen O’Neill, group president of Discovery and TLC Networks. “For this series it made sense to explore the continent many of us call ‘home.’ I’m excited to include North America in the ranks of Discovery’s epic natural history programming.”