Bristol-headquartered indie Icon Films has been commissioned by Love Nature, a joint venture between Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian Networks, for a factual docuseries that follows the veterinarian team at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre in Malawi.
Malawi Wildlife Rescue (6 x 60 minutes) will follow the work of head veterinarian Dr. Amanda Salb and her international team of wildlife experts as they rescue and rehabilitate hundreds of animals each year at the East African wildlife center, including large game. Salb also works with the National Parks to support ongoing conservation work.
Embedded camera crews in the wildlife rehab center will capture the daily dramas as they unfold, including attending to wildlife emergencies in the field, and following the tensions when one troop of orphaned monkeys is introduced to another.
The executive producer for Icon Films is Stephen McQuillan. Alison Barrat, VP of development & production, and James Manfull, executive producer, will oversee the series on behalf of Love Nature 4K. The series was commissioned by Carlyn Staudt, EVP of programming and development for Love Nature 4K. Jo Robinson serves as series producer.
Malawi Wildlife Rescue will air on Love Nature 4K’s linear and streaming video platforms internationally and via Smithsonian Channel in the U.S. Blue Ant’s distribution arm, Blue Ant International, oversees licensing for the six-part series, which is available for pre-sale.
“Storytelling that creates clear human connections to the natural world is at the core of what we do at Love Nature 4K, showcasing the many ways that our lives intersect with wildlife and the environment,” said Staudt in a statement. “Dr. Amanda Salb’s passion and commitment to animals is real and complements our mission to share stories about experts immersed in nature in a meaningful and inspiring way.”