‘Nova’ commissions Darlow Smithson for solar system doc

Darlow Smithson Productions has been commissioned to produce a two-hour special, A Journey Through The Solar System: Life Beyond Earth (w/t) for PBS' 'Nova.'
February 23, 2011

Darlow Smithson Productions and PBS science strand ‘Nova’ have officially announced work onĀ A Journey Through The Solar System: Life Beyond Earth (w/t).

Unveiled during the “Keeping it Cool: Science and Natural History” panel at the Realscreen Summit, the documentary will investigate the science behind a revolutionary view of the solar system. Interviews with scientists and astrobiologists and CGI sequences will help illustrate newly discovered distant worlds, revisit the violent birth of our solar system and demonstrate the latest thinking on its origins and structure.

Ben Bowie, senior executive producer, Darlow Smithson Productions said in a statement, “For this documentary we wanted to offer a window into this exploration, taking stock of what we know, what we think we know, and what we may soon find out.”

“There is a revolution taking place in planetary science,” said Howard Swartz, executive producer of ‘Nova.’ “The idea that the planets and moons in our solar system are cold and dead is giving way to the possibility that many places may actually be habitable for some forms of life.”

Swartz commissioned the film, which is directed and produced by Oliver Twinch and executive produced by Ben Bowie for Darlow Smithson.

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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 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.