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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.”

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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