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MIPTV ’19: Smithsonian Channel, Earth Touch ink copro partnership

American cable network Smithsonian Channel has penned a major copro deal with South African wildlife and fact ent producer Earth Touch.  Under the pact, the two media organizations will work together ...
April 8, 2019

American cable network Smithsonian Channel has penned a major copro deal with South African wildlife and fact ent producer Earth Touch. 

Under the pact, the two media organizations will work together across a slate of factual titles, including three 1 x 50-minute wildlife films: Migrating to MexicoRattlesnake Roadtrip and China’s Monkey Kingdom.

Produced by Earth Touch and Mexico’s Oscura Productions, Migrating to Mexico follows a variety of wildlife that use Mexico as a migration destination, from grey whales and orcas, to monarch butterflies. Oscura Productions will handle the theatrical release in Mexico.

Rattlesnake Roadtrip, meanwhile, will document snake wrangler Jules Sylverster as he journeys from Los Angeles to Gavelston, Texas to witness the annual spring explosion of rattlesnakes and the hazards they encounter from both the human footprint and the harsh environment where they operate.

China’s Monkey Kingdom, a one-off from Earth Touch and Beijing-based Mandarin Film, traces the rise to power of a baby white-headed Langur — one of the most endangered primates in the world, and possibly the rarest primate in Asia, with a population size estimated at less than 70 individuals. Shot in China’s Karst mountains, the special also reveals the climbing skills of the Langur troop as they retire to their precarious cave dwellings on the cliff face.China’s Monkey Kingdom is a multi-territory copro between CCTV, Smithsonian Channel and ORF.

About The Author
Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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