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.