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TCA: NBC, BBC Studios to explore Americas in “The New World”

BBC Studios has its first commission from American broadcast network NBC, to produce a 10-part landmark natural history series exploring North, South and Central America. The New World, to be produced ...
January 12, 2020

BBC Studios has its first commission from American broadcast network NBC, to produce a 10-part landmark natural history series exploring North, South and Central America.

The New World, to be produced by BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio, is slated for 2024. It marks NBC’s first foray into creating natural history content for a global audience. According to the network it has retained “significant distribution rights globally and across platforms.”

The series is expected to examine Earth’s only super-continent, home to the widest diversity of life on the planet. And true to form for a series from BBC Studios’ NHU, it will feature state of the art production technology designed to capture never before seen wildlife activity.

The New World is a massive piece of four-quadrant commercial entertainment that has the capacity to capture the curiosity and minds of millions,” said Paul Telegdy (pictured), chairman, NBC Entertainment, in a statement. “I believe that great storytelling told on a broad scale has the power to produce wide-sweeping cultural change, and this project has all the makings to deliver on that potential.”

Mike Gunton, head of BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit, will executive produce.

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