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Atlantic, FME, Discovery team up for “Dino Gangs”

Atlantic Productions, Discovery Channel and FremantleMedia Enterprises have partnered on a one-off special exploring a groundbreaking theory that tyrannosaur dinosaurs lived and hunted in gangs.
May 20, 2011

Atlantic Productions, Discovery Channel and FremantleMedia Enterprises have partnered on a one-off  special exploring a groundbreaking theory that tyrannosaur dinosaurs lived and hunted in gangs.

The 120-minute special, Dino Gangs, will air on Discovery Channel UK on June 26.

The film follows world renowned dinosaur expert Dr. Phil Currie, professor in Dinosaur Paleobiology, University of Alberta, as he journeys to the dinosaur graveyards of the Gobi Desert to the wilds of the African Kalahari, in search of evidence that tyrannosaurs were co-operative pack animals.

Currie uses new technology to analyze tyrannosaur fossils and CT scans of tyrannosaur skulls to determine information about their brains.  The doc also uses CGI created by the award-winning visual effects studio ZOO.

Dino Gangs is an incredible film that will change the way we see these predators forever,” said Anthony Geffen, CEO and executive producer, Atlantic Productions (Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough). “Tyrannosaurs are the one group of dinosaurs that everyone’s heard of, but until now we’ve understood remarkably little about their behavior.”

Dr. Currie added, “Tyrannosaurids are, without a doubt, the most fearsome predators that ever walked the Earth and, I believe, were far more complex and more dangerous that we ever could have imagined. I believe these tyrannosaurids hunted in deadly, bloodthirsty packs. It is definitely time to rewrite the dinosaur books.”

 

Dino Gangs is a coproduction with Discovery Channel and FremantleMedia Enterprises, executive produced by Anthony Geffen.

A book on the topic, Dino Gangs, written by Josh Young will be published by Harper Collins on May 26.

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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