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BBC Studios’ Jon Favreau-led dinosaur series heads to Apple

Media and tech giant Apple has commissioned a natural history docuseries from BBC Studios about the last days of the dinosaurs, exploring life on Earth 66 million years ago. Prehistoric Planet ...
May 8, 2019

Media and tech giant Apple has commissioned a natural history docuseries from BBC Studios about the last days of the dinosaurs, exploring life on Earth 66 million years ago.

Prehistoric Planet comes from Planet Earth II exec producer Mike Gunton and Iron Man- and The Lion King-director Jon Favreau. Using CGI recreations, it brings viewers back to the age of dinosaurs, just as extinction loomed for the reptilian giants. The series follows previous BBC dinosaur programs like 1999′s Walking with Dinosaurs (pictured) and 2011′s Planet Dinosaur.

Prehistoric Planet is produced by BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit, with Favreau and Gunton serving as executive producers. The project is supported by series producer Tim Walker and Academy Award-winner Andrew R. Jones.

The docuseries is the latest unscripted news from Apple regarding its upcoming Apple TV+ SVOD service, joining Oprah Winfrey’s Toxic Labor and untitled mental health project, along with the revival of her famous book club.

Apple TV+ launches in the fall, though no specific price point or date have been set. A&E IndieFilms founder Molly Thompson has served as Apple’s head of documentaries since January.

The Prehistoric Planet news was first reported by UK trade Broadcast.

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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