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BBC, Animal Planet order “Africa’s Giant Killers” sequel

The Return of the Giant Killers: Africa's Lion Kings (pictured) will be produced by UK indie Icon Films in association with the Natural History Film Unit Botswana.
May 6, 2015

UK pubcaster the BBC and U.S. cable net Animal Planet have commissioned a follow-up to the wildlife doc Africa’s Giant Killers .

The Return of the Giant Killers: Africa’s Lion Kings (pictured) will be produced by UK indie Icon Films in association with the Natural History Film Unit Botswana.

Director-cinematographer Brad Bestelink and photographer Richard Uren are directing the one-hour doc, which will be shot in the Savute Game Reserve in northern Botswana. They will focus on a herd of lions who begin hunting elephants after an extra harsh dry season causes herds of grass grazers to vanish.

BBC will air the film as part of its ‘Natural World’ strand and BBC Worldwide will distribute the film globally outside the U.S.

‘Natural World’ editor Roger Webb is exec producing alongside Icon Films’ Harry Marshall  and Laura Marshall.

The original Africa’s Giant Killers won the award for best natural history program at the Royal Television Society’s West of England 2014/15 Awards.

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