ZDF, Jasper James explore the universe in three documentaries

The collaboration will see the Walking with Dinosaurs producer (pictured) lend his creative skills to three science-based doc productions, while ZDF Enterprises will handle worldwide distribution.
September 12, 2016

German producer-distributor ZDF Enterprises has teamed with three-time Emmy winner Jasper James to craft three new documentary productions, each touching on scientific themes.

As part of the collaboration, the Walking with Dinosaurs producer and CEO of UK prodco Screen Glue will lend his creative skills to Size Matters (2×50-minutes or 10×30-minutes), a series that explores parallel worlds where size can be changed, in a bid to answer the biggest and smallest questions in the universe. Shooting is scheduled to begin shortly, with broadcast scheduled for the spring of 2018 across as-yet unspecified linear and digital networks.

A second project, called A Day in the Life of Earth (2×50-minutes), is currently in development and open for co-production, according to a rep for ZDF. Supplemented by CGI animation, the project explores the changes that happen across Earth over the course of a single day.

Finally, Top Ten Wonders of the Universe (2×50-minutes) is intended to take audiences on a journey through the space-time continuum to present the top 10 experiences in the universe as selected by renowned global scientists, astronauts and academics. The project is also in development and open for copro.

James (pictured) will create all three doc productions, while ZDF is responsible for worldwide distribution.

Ralf Rueckauer, VP of ZDFE.factual at ZDF Enterprises, called James a “rare talent” when it comes to being able to turn hardcore science into an entertaining documentary that delves deep into specific topics.

“He is a great storyteller, he has an excellent scientific eye and is always curious to learn more about humanity and about the world we inhabit. ZDFE.factual is delighted to collaborate with him on these three fascinating projects,” said Rueckauer in a statement.

James added: “These three new shows will all deliver a new way of looking at our world and I am confident that they will surprise and delight both international broadcasters and viewers alike.”

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