Comcast’s Sky Studios has purchased a 24.9% stake in UK-based natural history prodco True to Nature, which has delivered a number of factual series including Gangs of Lemur Island (pictured) for Love Nature and the Smithsonian Channel.
The acquisition is the first to be made by Sky Studios, the European satcaster’s production arm, which plans to more than double its investment in original content over the next five years.
While retaining full creative independence, True to Nature will work closely will Sky Studios to develop content for distribution on the Sky platforms.
Other True to Nature productions released this year include Expedition with Steve Backshall, a 10-part series currently airing on UKTV’s free-to-air channel Dave, Undiscovered Worlds with Steve Backshall on the BBC, and Planet of Volcanoes on PBS, ZDF and ARTE.
“At True to Nature, the natural world is at the heart of everything we do,” True to Nature founder and CEO Wendy Darke in a statement. “We want to use storytelling to build lifelong relationships between viewers and the natural world. Our new and exciting creative partnership with Sky Studios feels like the natural next step to continue to realize our ambitions for True To Nature and we’re looking forward to making our dreams, reality.”