Blue Ant pre-sells Orangutan Jungle School to the UK
Distributor Blue Ant International has pre-sold the 10 x 60-minute 4K docusoap Orangutan Jungle School (pictured) to the UK’s Channel 4. NHNZ is currently in production on the 10-part series that follows the antics, triumphs and tragedies of the orphaned orangutans in the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation’s primate rescue and rehabilitation project.
Orangutan Jungle School is created, executive produced and written by Judith Curran. Kyle Murdoch serves as executive in charge in production and Anya Durling is head of development. Anna Sand is the executive producer for Blue Ant Media.
The series was originally commissioned by Love Nature, the JV between Smithsonian Networks and Blue Ant Media. It will launch on Smithsonian Earth, and on Love Nature later this year.
E4 resurrects Shipwrecked
E4 in the UK is rebooting the UK reality show Shipwrecked, and is currently casting for castaways to camp out on two rival islands, Shark Island and Tiger Island.
Filming takes place this summer, with the teams battling to make their islands the biggest and best, while also dealing with secrets, hidden treasures and traps. The 15 x 60-minute series will be the first time that Shipwrecked has aired since 2011. It originally debuted on Channel 4′s defunct youth-channel, T4, in 2000.
The series is executive produced by Neale Simpson and Kate Bates for Fizz, part of RDF TV and a Banijay Group company, and Abigail Adams for Motion Content Group.
History, Viceland prep ISIS copro
History and Viceland have teamed for a six-episode coproduction, Hunting ISIS, following volunteers joining local militias to fight the terrorist organization. The series premieres on May 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT first on History, with Viceland’s broadcast date set for June 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
The documentary series boasts intimate access to the front lines of the war against ISIS and the veteran and civilian volunteers who are driven to battle the organization. Directed by filmmaker and award-winning photographer Sebastiano Tomada, Hunting ISIS is the product of two years spent embedded in trenches in Iraq and Syria. It is produced by Delirio Films and executive producers are John Battsek and Delirio’s Rafael Marmor and Christopher Leggett. History’s executive producer is Melinda Toporoff, and for Viceland, Gena Konstantinakos and Patrick Moses are executive producers.