CBC ventures into “Wild Canada”

The four-part Canada-UK copro airs on the Canadian pubcaster through its 'Nature of Things' strand beginning March 13.
February 28, 2014

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is heading into the Canadian wild for a landmark wildlife series premiering on March 13.

Wild Canada, a four-episode copro between British Columbia-based River Road Films and Brian Leith Productions out of Bristol, England, will debut via the CBC’s ‘Nature of Things’ strand on March 13, and run to April 3. Billed by the network as “the largest natural history survey of Canada in our generation,” the series travels coast to coast to reveal, according to the CBC, animal behavior that has never before been captured on film, as well as dramatic representations of Canada’s vast and varied terrain.

The producers shot close to 500 hours of footage using 20 different cameras, with most of the images shot in 4K and some slow-mo sequences shot at 10,000 frames per second.

In addition to the series, the CBC will be rolling out a Wild Canada app, produced by the CBC and interactive shop Secret Location, which features HD video and photography from remote Canadian locales, immersive audio soundscapes, and exclusive Wild Canada content not appearing in the series. The app will be available from February 27, and will be free until March 14. The series is also represented online via an interactive website which will also feature behind-the-scenes content.

“Only Canadian filmmakers Jeff and Sue Turner [principals at River Road Films] could have created this series,” said Mark Starowicz, executive director of documentary programming for the CBC, in a statement. “Our partnership has been incredible and enabled us to do something truly unprecedented on national television.”

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