“Great Barrier Reef” splashes down in Canada

Canadian pubcaster CBC has acquired the aquatic docuseries David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef (pictured) from Entertainment One.
January 22, 2016

Canadian pubcaster CBC has acquired aquatic docuseries David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef (pictured) from global producer/distributor Entertainment One.

The 3 x 60-minute natural history series, produced by London-based Atlantic Productions, employs pioneering camera technology and research to explore the world’s largest living structure and the biodiversity that thrives off of it.

Among the techniques used are satellite scans of the reef’s 2,300 kilometers of living coral, as well as the use of high-tech macro lenses that capture microscopic creatures.

The series was originally commissioned by UK pubcaster BBC.

The deal was brokered between eOne’s Kim Hobbs, senior director of TV and digital sales, and the Canadian broadcaster. EOne handles the worldwide rights for the series excluding the UK, Australia and New Zealand, which are handled by Atlantic Productions.

David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef will air across CBC beginning January 28 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.

The Documentary Channel, meanwhile, will rebroadcast the docuseries starting January 31 at 7 p.m. EST/PST, and will also premiere an exclusive “making of” episode on February 21 at 7 p.m. EST/PST.

“This epic series takes viewers to one of the most fascinating places on earth making for a thrilling combination that resonates well with the global market,” said Hobbs in a statement.

“We’re excited to broadcast what promises to be yet another amazing documentary series with David Attenborough,” added Jennifer Dettman, executive director of unscripted content, CBC. “Having already been home to Life Story and Planet Earth, CBC is privileged to share The Great Barrier Reef as part of our on-going commitment to offer Canadians the best in documentary programming from Canada and around the world.”

(With files from Manori Ravindran)

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