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NGCI acquires Earth Touch films

National Geographic Channels International has picked up five films from South African wildlife producer Earth Touch, with Snakes in the City (pictured) set to air on Nat Geo Wild in the U.S., Europe and Africa.
September 4, 2013

National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) has picked up five films from South African wildlife producer Earth Touch, with Snakes in the City set to air on Nat Geo Wild in the U.S., Europe and Africa.

Other natural history titles included in the deal are Venom Island, Blood River, Ragged Tooth and the three-part special Speed Kills. NGCI has acquired the worldwide rights to the titles, excluding North America.

One-off Venom Island explores the Komodo dragon and other dangerous creatures living on the Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia; Blood River captures Africa’s largest migration; Ragged Tooth looks at an ancient shark species; and Speed Kills looks at animals using 600 frames a second.

Snakes in the City is a three-part factual entertainment series looking at a husband and wife team who specialize in capturing and removing venomous snakes from Durban homes, offices, shopping areas and gardens.

The deal was negotiated by NGCI director of global acquisitions Maggie Rhodes, and by Chris Fletcher, director of sales and programming for Earth Touch.

“We are very pleased to be working again with Nat Geo Wild on these exciting new projects,” said Fletcher. “In particular, our deal for Snakes in the City marks an important first step for our expansion into more series-led productions.”

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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