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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.

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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