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Smithsonian Channel preps two blue-chip docs, sponsors Santiago Wild film festival

Showtime Networks-owned Smithsonian Channel has greenlit two blue-chip documentaries: Yukon’s Wild Grizzlies and Pride of Pumas. Yukon’s Wild Grizzlies is a one-hour wildlife documentary from Vancouver prodco Omnifilm Entertainment in co-production with British ...
September 20, 2019

Showtime Networks-owned Smithsonian Channel has greenlit two blue-chip documentaries: Yukon’s Wild Grizzlies and Pride of Pumas.

Yukon’s Wild Grizzlies is a one-hour wildlife documentary from Vancouver prodco Omnifilm Entertainment in co-production with British Columbia-based pubcaster Knowledge Network.

The documentary tells the story of Sophie, a young female grizzly bear on the cusp of adulthood, as she struggled to survive on the vast Yukon tundra.

Filmed over a seasonal arc spanning two years, Yukon’s Wild Grizzlies will showcase remote locations, including the Arctic Circle and Bear Cave Mountain.

Meanwhile, the one-hour special Pride of Pumas (pictured) from filmmaker René Araneda zeroes in on the Chilean Patagonia’s Torres del Paine National Park.

Araneda, who has followed the native pumas for years with his team, joins forced with wildlife tracker Casey Anderson.

Elsewhere, the American pay-TV channel will also sponsor the first annual Santiago Wild film festival, to be held in Santiago, Chile from Dec. 3 to 6.

Organized by Chilean nature platform Ladera Sur, the inaugural festival will coincide with the United Nations climate change conference, COP25. Santiago Wild seeks to bring the issues tabled at the conference to life “in a timely and relevant way.”

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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