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Lupita Nyong’o set to host Discovery Channel’s “Serengeti”

Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o is set to narrate Discovery Channel’s forthcoming natural history series Serengeti. Produced by John Downer Productions and XIX Entertainment, the six-part series follows a group of ...
April 4, 2019

Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o is set to narrate Discovery Channel’s forthcoming natural history series Serengeti.

Produced by John Downer Productions and XIX Entertainment, the six-part series follows a group of African wildlife over the course of a year, showcasing the dramatic challenges of life on the Serengeti. Nyong’o will narrate the series for Discovery Channel in the U.S.

Serengeti was previously announced as part of Discovery’s programming line-up during its TCA presentation this past February.

Directed by John Downer, the natural history program combines and contrasts Africa’s beauty with its brutality, such as a lioness trying to provide for her small cubs after being exiled from her pride. Innovative filming techniques were used in some of the continent’s most pristine regions, painting the ultimate portrait of survival.

“Lupita brings pure magic to Serengeti, her sensitivity and passion for nature shines through in every word she speaks. We are so proud to be working with such an extraordinary artist on this show that means so much to us,” said Serengeti creator Simon Fuller (American Idol) in a statement.

Executive procurers on the series are Downer and Fuller.

Serengeti is a co-presentation between Discovery and BBC. BBC Studios distributes the series internationally. Serengeti was commissioned for BBC TV by Tom McDonald, head of commissioning, natural history and specialist factual.

(Photo: Alexi Lubomirski)

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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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