Discovery Networks International (DNI) and Animal Planet in the U.S. are partnering on Killer Islands (working title), a natural history doc with an investigative twist, starring Dave Salmoni (pictured).
The six-part series from Silverback Films, the producers of North America, will premiere on Discovery Channel internationally in the spring of 2014, and on Animal Planet in the U.S. next summer.
In Killer Islands, wildlife expert Salmoni aims to solve mysteries involving the world’s most successful natural-born killer animals, getting up close to vampire bats, grizzly bears, killer whales and hammerhead sharks, to uncover the secrets of their domination of dangerous islands.
“This is Discovery at its best: exploring areas unknown and providing unprecedented access to awe-inspiring environments,” said Julian Bellamy, creative director and head of production and development for DNI.
“Dave Salmoni’s extraordinary wildlife expertise, captured by world-class filmmakers, has produced that rare hybrid of blue chip programming: natural history and adventure set against a spine-tingling mystery – making Killer Islands a truly incredible series and must-see programming event.”
“In Killer Islands, we have the unique opportunity to take our audiences along with Dave Salmoni to experience and explore the extraordinary and unknown corners of our planet,” added Marjorie Kaplan, group president of Animal Planet, Science and Velocity. “We may lead ‘civilized’ lives, but we want to feel the awe and exhilaration of knowing those wild places exist.”
In related Discovery Communication news, U.S. net Discovery Channel is in development on its third scripted mini-series, entitled North and South.
Partnering with Lionsgate, the mini-series will tell the story of two families brought together before and during the American Civil War, and is based on the trilogy of North and South novels written by John Jakes.