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BBC America to launch 24-hour natural history programming block

BBC America, a joint venture between AMC Networks and BBC Studios, will launch a 24-hour programming block devoted to natural history in the fourth quarter of 2019. Project Awe (w/t) will ...
April 8, 2019

BBC America, a joint venture between AMC Networks and BBC Studios, will launch a 24-hour programming block devoted to natural history in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Project Awe (w/t) will air on Saturdays as a complete block of natural history programming, culled from 2,000 hours of wildlife content, including programming from the BBC Natural History Unit and such landmark series as Planet Earth and Planet Earth II, Blue Planet and Blue Planet II (pictured), Frozen Planet, Life, Africa, Dynasties, and One Planet: Seven Worlds.

BBC America will transform its look and feel every Saturday beginning at 6:00 a.m. throughout the year, effectively becoming Project Awe for that day. The initiative will also serve as host for special events on the broader BBC America schedule through the course of the year, culminating in a new landmark series each year.

The network will also be the U.S. linear home for the premieres of upcoming landmark series such as Sir David Attenborough’s next series One Planet: Seven Worlds, Frozen Planet II and Planet Earth III, as part of the recently renewed production partnership between AMC Networks and BBC Studios.

As part of that partnership, BBC America serves as co-producer, exclusive U.S. broadcaster, and first-window platform for the next landmark natural history series from the BBC, while Discovery, via its own global deal with BBC Studios, will feature the content in the U.S. on its upcoming SVOD service.

“As the past, present and future U.S. home to this iconic BBC nature and wildlife programming, we know that epic documentaries about this spellbinding blue planet we all share pulls people from all backgrounds and all ages together in a transcendent way that’s unlike anything else, which is why we have been ‘all in,’ on this groundbreaking programming for many years, and will continue to be for many more to come,” said Sarah Barnett, president of the entertainment networks group for AMC Networks, in a statement.

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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