BBCWW teams with NDR on “The Hunt”

BBC Worldwide has partnered with Germany's NDR Naturfilm for a natural history series titled The Hunt from Planet Earth producer Alastair Fothergill (pictured).
February 24, 2015

BBC Worldwide has partnered with Germany’s NDR Naturfilm for a natural history series entitled The Hunt from Planet Earth producer Alastair Fothergill (pictured).

The 7 x 50-minute series and 50-minute “making of” special – which was announced at distributor trade event the BBC Worldwide Showcase in Liverpool, UK, on Tuesday (February 24) – is a copro between Silverback Films, BBC Worldwide, BBC America and NDR Naturfilm, and focuses on the world of predators. The Hunt is to air on German pubcaster ARD followed by a broadcast on BBC later this year.

According to a release,  each episode focuses on the predation techniques needed for specific landscapes, including the Savannah, jungle and ocean, and stories focus on everything from desert lions who leverage sea mists for hunting, to killer whales using sonar and teamwork to find their prey.

In addition, BBC and NDR Naturfilm are in production on another natural history project entitled Wild New Zealand (3 x 50 minutes) which will be delivered next year, as well as Atlantic (3 x 50 minutes) for National Geographic Channels and Germany’s WDR. The series centers on the Atlantic Ocean and the people and wildlife whose lives are affected by it.

“The coproduction with NDR for The Hunt demonstrates the shared commitment we have in producing ambitious natural history content,” said Isabelle Helle, director of German-speaking Europe for BBC Worldwide, in a statement. “NDR’s involvement will bring this landmark series to a worldwide audience.”

Jörn Röver, MD of NDR Naturfilm, added: “We are proud of our partnership with BBC Worldwide on this fascinating series. The Hunt will have broad appeal with audiences in Germany and far beyond, and highlights the growing opportunities to make high-quality, exhilarating natural history content available across the world.”

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