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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.

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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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