International production and distribution group All3Media has acquired Silverback Films, the Bristol-headquartered indie behind several major natural history projects, including Netflix’s Our Planet.
The transaction will give Silverback Films support from All3Media and its distribution arm, All3Media International, to fund and develop new landmark environmental programming for the international market, and incentivize the prodco’s program makers, according to Helion Partners, the M&A firm that advised Silverback Films in the deal.
The David Attenborough-narrated Our Planet, the streamer’s first landmark natural history series, is one of a number of natural history and wildlife titles from Silverback Films, founded in 2012 by Alastair Fothergill (pictured left) and Keith Scholey (right).
Forthcoming projects include the five-part, blue chip natural history and earth science landmark series A Perfect Planet for BBC1 and Discovery, slated for 2021 and set to launch on Discovery’s just-announced streaming service, Discovery+.
It recently produced the documentary David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet, which had a worldwide theatrical release in September before rolling out on Netflix.
Silverback Films also produced BBC’s seven-part series The Hunt and 11 out of 16 Disneynature films for Disney+, including Bears, Monkey Kingdom, Penguins, Dolphin Reef and the Meghan Markle-narrated Elephant.
Jane Turton, CEO of All3Media, said: “The talent is world class and Silverback is at the very top of its game at a time when the relevance of landmark natural history programming has never been greater.”
Fothergill, CEO of Silverback Films, added: “We have found a partner that shares our creative ambition to make the highest quality programming. Key to this is our shared focus on attracting and retaining the best talent long into the future. We are very excited by all the new opportunities now open to Silverback within the All3Media family and Keith and I are looking forward to leading the company through the next chapter of its development.”