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Pernel Media commissioned to produce timber trafficking doc

French media company TF1′s Ushuaïa TV, a channel dedicated to nature conservation issues, has commissioned a doc from Paris-based prodco Pernel Media. Green Eden (w/t, pictured) looks at the illegal timber ...
October 3, 2017

French media company TF1′s Ushuaïa TV, a channel dedicated to nature conservation issues, has commissioned a doc from Paris-based prodco Pernel Media.

Green Eden (w/t, pictured) looks at the illegal timber trafficking trade in Gabon, which serves to satisfy the developed world’s expanding demand for wooden furniture and flooring.

At present, 85% of the country’s terrain is composed of forests. Interpol estimates that approximately 20% of the European Union’s timber exports are illegally sourced by criminal networks.

The film will foreground the work of American environmental activist Mike Fay. It will also feature Lee White, the director of Gabon’s nature reserve, as well as the police patrolling the forest.

The film was commissioned by Annabel Gain, head of sales and acquisitions at Ushuaïa TV. Samuel Kissous is executive producer for Pernel Media.

“The consequences of timber trafficking are devastating for forest ecosystems and their preservation is a goal that totally fits with Ushuaïa TV’s DNA,”  said Christophe Sommet,  Ushuaïa TV CEO, in a statement.

The doc will air in March 2018, coinciding with the International Day of Forests.

Pernel Media will be presenting the film at MIPCOM 2017.

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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