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Smithsonian, Zee Entertainment order “Life of Earth” from Talesmith

London-based prodco Talesmith has been commissioned by Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. (ZEEL) and Smithsonian Channel to produce a blue-chip documentary that explores the Earth’s history. Life of Earth: From Space and ...
October 17, 2017

London-based prodco Talesmith has been commissioned by Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. (ZEEL) and Smithsonian Channel to produce a blue-chip documentary that explores the Earth’s history.

Life of Earth: From Space and Life of Earth: The Age of Humans will serve as a two-hour 4K/UHD feature doc that examines the planet’s 4.5 billion-year history from the vantage point of space.

Through scientific discoveries and CGI, the film will explore three themes: the origins and evolution of Earth; the life it harbors; and the modern age. The doc will determine how the first humans crossed the Red Sea to Saudi Arabia via thermal imaging, how the moon’s influence is imprinted in our DNA, and how dust storms shape our weather. 

The project is directed by Luke Wiles and produced by Ruth Roberts. Martin Williams is executive producer.

The Life of Earth projects mark the first collaboration between the three partners, and also serves as the first foray for ZEEL into the blue-chip specialist factual genre.

The series is launching at this year’s MIPCOM market, which runs until Oct. 19 in Cannes.

“This is an enormously ambitious co-production that combines talents from three continents,” said David Royle, executive VP of programming and production at Smithsonian Channel, in a statement. “Talesmith creates extraordinarily imaginative television and we are delighted to be teaming with Zee Entertainment.”

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