Love Nature, a joint venture with Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian Networks, has greenlit and commissioned the nature docuseries Gangs of Lemur Island with Bristol-based prodco True to Nature.
The 5 x 50-minute wildlife soap follows four warring troops of ring-tailed lemurs in Madagascar. The gangs — the Museum Gang, the Ruins Gang, the Yalygate Gang and The Hangar Gang — fight each other daily to protect turf and family, led by matriarchal gang bosses.
Through drone photography and the latest gimbal technology, viewers get an up-close view of Lemur life in the 21st century, including the global environmental challenges they face on a daily basis.
The series is created and executive produced by former head of the BBC’s Natural History Unit Wendy Darke, who heads up True to Nature. It is written by Hazel Marshall, with Andrew Graham-Brown serving as series producer. Alison Barrat, VP of development and production, and James Manfull, executive producer, will oversee the series on behalf of Love Nature.
“Love Nature is committed to creating content that makes the natural world more relatable and relevant,” said Love Nature’s Carlyn Staudt, EVP of programming and development, in a statement. “Strong narratives in Gangs of Lemur Island pull viewers through the daily lives of the lemurs and we experience their struggles and triumphs through intimate stories of individuals and groups. Viewers feel closer to nature because they have bonded with the characters and want to know how their stories end.”
“Working in partnership with Love Nature, while using the latest technology, scientific discoveries and storytelling techniques, has helped us realize new, premium factual creative ambitions within the popular animal soap opera genre,” added Darke.
Gangs of Lemur Island will premiere on Love Nature’s linear and streaming video platforms internationally and on Smithsonian Earth in the U.S. It is due for delivery in summer 2019. Blue Ant International will oversee licensing.