Canadian broadcaster Blue Ant Media has ordered a 10 x 60-minute wildlife series entitled Mysteries of the Mekong from Danish indie GoodLuck/Green Asia Film in association with London-based indie Antidote Media.
The program – set along the length of the Mekong River in Southeast Asia – is to be shot in both HD and 4K, with production expected to start later this year. Ringgaard, who co-owns GoodLuck/Green Asia Film, will direct the series, while Antidote Media MD Leila Monks is to exec produce.
The deal marks the first series commission for Antidote, which was founded last year.
“Mysteries in the Mekong will follow the same successful formula as our award-winning series Wild Thailand,” said Ringgaard in a statement. “With the two wildlife crews from that series and a special drone crew, underwater crew and special human stories crew, we’ll depict the amazing life in and along the 4,500-kilometre river that is born in snowy, mountainous Tibet and runs through six different countries before it enters the delta in Vietnam and the South China Sea.”
Marcia Martin, senior VP of original content at Blue Ant Media, added: “It’s with experienced producers like Peter Ringgaard and Leila Monks that we are able to bring the best wildlife programming to our audiences. All shot in 4K, these award-winning producers will take us on a unique journey of breath-taking vistas and rarely seen wildlife of the Mekong region. It’s how nature should be seen.”
And Monks said: “This deal is exactly the reason why I set Antidote up. To identify opportunities in the market and to work with the best talent in that genre to bring those opportunities to life. I am hugely excited to be working with Peter and this we hope will be the first of many projects that we do together.”