American broadcaster Smithsonian Channel has reinforced its forthcoming programming lineup with the addition of four nature and wildlife documentaries, including the award-winning Laws of the Lizard and Incredible Animal Moments.
Anchoring the new slate is Law of the Lizard (pictured), which took home the Grand Helix at the 2018 Jackson Hole Science Media Awards, from Day’s Edge Productions. The film spotlights filmmakers Neil Lison and Nate Dappen who, over the course of one year, reveal the surprising story of the anole lizard and how it may hold the key to understanding the past, present and future of Earth.
Smithsonian Channel will also premiere three additional series in Q1 2019.
Incredible Animal Moments will serve as a best-off compilation series that will count down the most amazing moments of the animal kingdom in five categories: deadly showdowns, freaks of nature, gang wars, rough romance and extreme parenting. The project is produced by Smithsonian Channel in cooperation with Earth Touch. Joy Galane and Royle are exec producers for Smithsonian Channel.
Shot over the course of four years, My Journey with a Polar Bear will chart the Arctic expedition of Norwegian filmmaker Asgeir Helgestad as he follows a polar bear mother and her struggle to raise her cubs in a rapidly disappearing environment.
Artic Light AS produces the film in association with Smithsonian Networks. Helgestad is producer for Artic Light, Tria Thalman and Royle are EPs for the channel.
Finally, A Life Among Monkeys from Keo Films chronicles the journey of Smithsonian scientist named Wolfgang Dittus who, in 1968, ventured into the jungles of Sri Lanka to study toque macaques. Dittus remains there to this day, having charted the lives of more than 5,000 individual monkeys and shedding new light on a complex social world. Smithsonian Channel’s Thalman and Royle are exec producers on the Terra Mater Factual Studios and Smithsonian Networks production.