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WaterBear Network reveals launch slate, inks content deals

WaterBear Network, the interactive VOD service backed by ZDF Enterprises and Off the Fence, has revealed the acquisitions and productions within its content slate ahead of its Dec. 1 launch. The ...
November 11, 2020

WaterBear Network, the interactive VOD service backed by ZDF Enterprises and Off the Fence, has revealed the acquisitions and productions within its content slate ahead of its Dec. 1 launch.

The interactive digital platform and app will feature original content and curated documentaries inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Leading its lineup of originals is Sea Change Project’s Africa’s Hidden Seaforest and Three Bulgarian Lions, a documentary by NGO Four Paws Bulgaria and produced by Clawed Hat Films.

Acquisitions include documentaries Chasing Ice, End of the Line, The Last Honey Hunter and Jackson Wild-winning film The Hunt for Medals Not Lions, as well as content from spoken word artist Prince EA.

The company has also set a number of partnerships with creators such as filmmaker, activist and influencer Jack Harries; producer, director and writer Tom Mustill; environmental journalist and The One Show‘s Lucy Siegel and Emmy Award-winner Nicolas Brown.

A number of film shorts and wildlife docuseries are currently being sourced, the streamer stated, from Vulcan Productions, Participant Media, Off the Fence, Black Bean Productions, Go Project Films, Beautiful News, Cineflix, Dogwoof, Magnolia Films, Giant and 1091.

WaterBear has also licensed films from producer Rob Sorrenti, award-winning photographer, writer and filmmaker Pete McBride and director Ben Masters.

In August, the streamer outlined its senior leadership team with Ellen Windemuth at the helm as CEO and Victor Eckard as managing director.

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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