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Discovery Channel sets “Serengeti” for August

Discovery Channel has set an August premiere date for the John Downer Productions and XIX Entertainment-produced natural history series Serengeti. Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, the six-part series provides unrivaled ...
June 21, 2019

Discovery Channel has set an August premiere date for the John Downer Productions and XIX Entertainment-produced natural history series Serengeti.

Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, the six-part series provides unrivaled access to one of the most pristine corners of Africa by following an ensemble of wildlife characters – including lions, zebras, baboons and cheetahs – over the course of a year to showcase the dramatic moments that make survival on the Serengeti a feat.

Serengeti was previously announced as part of Discovery’s programming line-up during its TCA presentation this past February.

The series was created by Emmy-winner Simon Fuller and directed and produced by Emmy-winning wildlife filmmaker John Downer.

Collaborating for the first time, Fuller and Downer have utilized a photographic and stylistic approach on Serengeti that enabled their team to employ “innovative filming techniques in some of Africa’s most treasured regions” to paint a portrait of survival in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park.

Serengeti was commissioned for BBC TV by Tom McDonald, head of commissioning, natural history and specialist factual.

Fuller and Downer serve as executive producers. The series is directed by Downer. Nancy Daniels and Howard Swartz serve as executive producers for Discovery Channel.

Serengeti premieres on Aug. 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery. The series also will be made available via Discovery Go and will debut across Discovery en Español at 8 p.m. Aug. 4.

Watch a trailer for the natural history series below:

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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