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Nat Geo Wild unleashes Icon Films’ “Savage Kingdom”

Nat Geo Wild has commissioned the natural history miniseries Savage Kingdom (pictured) from UK prodco Icon Films and Natural History Film Unit Botswana.
July 28, 2016

Nat Geo Wild has commissioned the natural history miniseries Savage Kingdom (pictured) from UK prodco Icon Films and Natural History Film Unit Botswana.

The 3 x 120-minute global docuseries will look to examine warring animal tribes battling for survival in a remote region of Africa. The series is narrated by Emmy-nominated actor Charles Dance and filmed in 4K.

Each episode of the miniseries event will be told from a predator’s perspective, and will explore the lives of lions, leopards, hyenas and wild dogs. Savage Kingdom premieres on November 25 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.

Icon Films’ Harry Marshall  and Laura Marshall serve as executive producers alongside Nat Geo Wild’s Ashley Hoppin. Brad Bestelink is director and cinematographer for Natural History Film Unit Botswana.

Icon Films’ has previously produced such factual programming as Animal Planet’s River Monsters; BBC’s Africa’s Fishing Leopards and Africa’s Giant Killers; National Geographic Channels’ Survive The Tribe; and Discovery Channel’s Spawn of Jaws 2: The Birth.

“With Savage Kingdom we set out to challenge the formulaic methods of natural history TV production by documenting some remarkable moments in animal behavior using a drama documentary narrative,” said Marshall in a statement.

  • Check out a trailer for the series below.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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