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Discovery Channel commissions BBC Studios for “The Red List”

Discovery Channel has commissioned BBC Studios to produce a special on the current state of the world’s wildlife. The studio’s Natural History Unit will produce The Red List, a two-hour film ...
February 6, 2018

Discovery Channel has commissioned BBC Studios to produce a special on the current state of the world’s wildlife.

The studio’s Natural History Unit will produce The Red List, a two-hour film that follows wildlife conservationists across the world as they compile the latest version of The Red List, the most comprehensive record of Earth’s wildlife which is run by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

The film will provide audiences with a glimpse inside the worldwide effort to help bring endangered species back from the brink of extinction.

Steve Greenwood – series producer on BBC2′s Mountain: Life at the Extreme and BBC1′s Shark - serves as director and producer for BBC Studios.

Discovery Channel’s John Hoffman and Jon Bardin are executive producers.

The Discovery deal marks BBC Studios first non-BBC commission to date. In November 2017, BBC announced that BBC Studios, its independent production unit, and BBC Worldwide would merge to form one commercial entity

“This third-party commission from Discovery heralds a new dawn for BBC Studios and is a really exciting moment in the history of the BBC,” said BBC Studios director Mark Linsey in a statement. “On top of that, The Red List is being made by BBC Studios’ world-renowned Natural History Unit so will be unmissable television.”

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