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Channel 5 boards “Yellowstone: Super Volcanoes” from Wildflame

UK indie Wildflame Productions has inked a deal with ViacomCBS-owned Channel 5 for its international doc special Yellowstone: Super Volcanoes. The 90-minute special marks Wildflame’s first commission for non-fiction streamer discovery+. It will be ...
March 2, 2021

UK indie Wildflame Productions has inked a deal with ViacomCBS-owned Channel 5 for its international doc special Yellowstone: Super Volcanoes.

The 90-minute special marks Wildflame’s first commission for non-fiction streamer discovery+.

It will be broadcast in the UK by Channel 5 and sold internationally by Flame Distribution.

The film explores the super volcanoes that lie seven miles below the earth’s surface in Yellowstone National Park, where scientists believe if a super-eruption occurred it could trigger an ice age event and plunge the globe into a nuclear winter.

Yellowstone: Super Volcanoes is both a study of one of nature’s biggest natural enigmas and the story of how some of the world’s greatest scientific minds are working to better understand volcanic behavior and early warning signs of earth-shattering events,” Paul Islwyn Thomas, CEO of Wildflame, said in a statement. “It’s a compelling subject, which allows us the opportunity not only to do a deep-dive in terms of science and natural history, but also illustrate the true threat the Super Volcano poses. Ambitious factual programming is at the centre of our growth strategy, so we are delighted to have secured such a high-profile commission.”

Wildflame Productions has produced a vast array of factual content for UK and international broadcasters including the Grierson Award-shortlisted The 1900 Island (BBC1 Wales/BBC2); Frank LLoyd Wright: The Man Who Built America (BBC4/BBC2 Wales); Hayley Goes… (BBC3); and Desperate to Drive (BBC1).

Founded in 2015 by Islwyn Thomas, Wildflame returned to being wholly independent in 2020 after exiting Flame Media Group.

Yellowstone: Super Volcanoes was commissioned by Ben Dwertman for discovery+ and Adrian Padmore for Channel 5. Lindsey Foster Blumberg is supervising producer for Science.

Executive producers for Wildflame Productions are Llinos Griffin-Williams and Jobim Sampson.

Shot in 4K, the film is being distributed by Flame Distribution outside of the UK/Eire, U.S. and English-speaking Canada.

Yellowstone: Super Volcanoes premieres on discovery+ June 3.

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