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Netflix, Silverback to create “Planet Earth” follow up

Our Planet, an eight-part blue chip natural history series launching in 2019 in all of Netflix's territories, promises to explore the planet's remaining wilderness areas and the rarest animals inhabiting them. (Pictured: Planet Earth)
April 15, 2015

Our Planet, an eight-part blue chip natural history series launching in 2019 in all of Netflix’s territories, promises to explore the planet’s remaining wilderness areas and the rarest animals inhabiting them.

The four-year project will see the Bristol-based prodco Silverback Films – whose company directors Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey created Blue Planet and Planet Earth (pictured above) for the BBC – documenting never-before-seen habitats, including ice caps, deserts, deep ocean and remote forests with the latest 4K camera technology.

Conservation organization WWF is a partner on Our Planet, and it will provide Silverback Films with access to its projects in protected areas around the world. WWF will also collaborate on multi-media storytelling across its platforms.

“Netflix is proud to be the global home for perhaps Silverback’s most ambitious project to date,” said Lisa Nishimura, vice president, Netflix original documentaries, in a statement. “The Planet projects have enjoyed great success on Netflix and have helped launch new technologies for viewing at home.”

Our Planet is going to raise the bar for natural history landmarks,” added Fothergill. “We will reveal the most amazing sights on Earth and show them in ways they have never been seen before. Partnering with Netflix and WWF gives us the ability to reach and enthuse global audiences with the wonder and importance of the natural world.”

This is the latest news from Netflix, which is making several moves into the original non-fiction space, including the David Gelb-created series Chef’s Table and the multi-year first look deal with Leonardo DiCaprio on environmental and conservation non-fiction projects.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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