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Smithsonian Channel bolsters nature, wildlife slate

American broadcaster Smithsonian Channel has reinforced its forthcoming programming lineup with the addition of four nature and wildlife documentaries, including the award-winning Laws of the Lizard and Incredible Animal Moments.  Anchoring the new slate is Law of ...
October 18, 2018

American broadcaster Smithsonian Channel has reinforced its forthcoming programming lineup with the addition of four nature and wildlife documentaries, including the award-winning Laws of the Lizard and Incredible Animal Moments. 

Anchoring the new slate is Law of the Lizard (pictured), which took home the Grand Helix at the 2018 Jackson Hole Science Media Awards, from Day’s Edge Productions. The film spotlights filmmakers Neil Lison and Nate Dappen who, over the course of one year, reveal the surprising story of the anole lizard and how it may hold the key to understanding the past, present and future of Earth.

Law of the Lizard premieres in December and is produced by Nathan Dappen and Neil Losin for Day’s Edge Productions. Smithsonian Channel’s Charles Poe and David Royle serve as executive producers.

Smithsonian Channel will also premiere three additional series in Q1 2019.

Incredible Animal Moments will serve as a best-off compilation series that will count down the most amazing moments of the animal kingdom in five categories: deadly showdowns, freaks of nature, gang wars, rough romance and extreme parenting. The project is produced by Smithsonian Channel in cooperation with Earth Touch. Joy Galane and Royle are exec producers for Smithsonian Channel.

Shot over the course of four years, My Journey with a Polar Bear will chart the Arctic expedition of Norwegian filmmaker Asgeir Helgestad as he follows a polar bear mother and her struggle to raise her cubs in a rapidly disappearing environment.

Artic Light AS produces the film in association with Smithsonian Networks. Helgestad is producer for Artic Light, Tria Thalman and Royle are EPs for the channel.

Finally, A Life Among Monkeys from Keo Films chronicles the journey of Smithsonian scientist named Wolfgang Dittus who, in 1968, ventured into the jungles of Sri Lanka to study toque macaques. Dittus remains there to this day, having charted the lives of more than 5,000 individual monkeys and shedding new light on a complex social world. Smithsonian Channel’s Thalman and Royle are exec producers on the Terra Mater Factual Studios and Smithsonian Networks production.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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