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Terra Mater, WildBear projects part of PBS ‘Nature’ fall line-up

American pubcaster PBS’s long-running natural history documentary strand ‘Nature’ has unveiled its programming line-up for this autumn, with Pandas: Born to be Wild (pictured) and Australian Bushfire Rescue highlighting the season. The 39th season ...
September 3, 2020

American pubcaster PBS’s long-running natural history documentary strand ‘Nature’ has unveiled its programming line-up for this autumn, with Pandas: Born to be Wild (pictured) and Australian Bushfire Rescue highlighting the season.

The 39th season of ‘Nature’ will embark on a global journey to film never-before-seen animal behaviors and conservation efforts for at-risk species. The latest season kicks off Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT with the premiere of Pandas: Born to be Wild, from Terra Mater Factual Studios and Mark Fletcher Productions, in association with Thirteen Productions for WNET.

Produced and photographed by Jacky Poon and Yuanqi Wu, the series will seek to explore – with filmmakers, scientists and rangers – the secretive world of wild pandas in China’s Qinling Mountains.

Filmmaker Max Bourke’s Australian Bushfire Rescue will follow, airing on Oct. 28. The doc provides an intimate look at those who have rescued and cared for the animal survivors – from kangaroos, koalas and wombats – of Australia’s 2019 bushfires. It is narrated by Anja Taylor and produced by WildBear Entertainment and Thirteen Productions for WNET, ZDF/ARTE and ZDFE. Bettina Dalton executive produces alongside producer Dr. Holly Trueman.

Also joining the programming line-up is the BBC Studios three-part miniseries Primates, which will provide an intimate understanding of several species of primates, from gorillas and chimpanzees to the slow loris and tarsier. The series launches over three consecutive Wednesdays, beginning Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. BBC’s Gavin Boyland is series producer and Michael Gunton exec produces. It is produced and directed by Nikki Waldron, Nick Easton and Victoria Buckley.

Additional titles slated to broadcast across the latest season of ‘Nature’ include Terra Mater Factual Studios and Thirteen’s Santa’s Wild Home (Nov. 25); Otmar Penker’s two-part miniseries The Alps (winter/spring 2021); Pumas (w/t; winter/spring 2021) from Terra Mater Factual Studios, Wildlife Films, Thirteen and Doclights/NDR Naturfilm; Big Bend (w/t; winter/spring 2021) from Crossing the Line and Thirteen; and Sharks in Hawaii (w/t; winter/spring 2021) from Pangolin Pictures, Thirteen and Terra Mater Factual Studios.

PBS ‘Nature’ is a production of Thirteen Productions for WNET and PBS. Fred Kaufman is executive producer. Bill Murphy is series producer.

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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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