As part of this year’s London Screenings event, ITV Studios announced co-production partners for the natural history series A Year on Planet Earth.
Originating from Plimsoll Productions, the series has been boarded by Fox Nation, the U.S. streamer from Fox News Media, and Germany’s ARD in addition to UK broadcaster ITV.
The six-part series, which will be narrated by actor, comedian and author Stephen Fry, features a story arc across the seasons and will unfold like a drama.
This new narrative approach will reveal how all life is connected and how massive natural events affect the lives of individual animals. Combining extreme weather, landscapes, wildlife spectacles and animal characters, this series reveals how animals react and adapt to shifting habitats and unexpected events.
“A Year on Planet Earth is such an exciting and fresh concept, we’re delighted that FOX Nation and ARD have decided to join us on this epic journey into nature,” Julie Meldal-Johnsen, EVP of global content at ITV Studios, said in a statement. “This show has the cream of British natural history talent on board and will bring joy and awe to audiences all over the world.”
Bristol-based Plimsoll Productions has produced over 50 series, 14 live shows and seven films including the Emmy-nominated Hostile Planet with Bear Grylls (National Geographic), Yellowstone Live (National Geographic), Night on Earth (Netflix), and others.
In another announcement at the London Screenings, ITV Studios and Nippon TV inked a deal for Stacking It! (pictured), a new global format created through the co-development deal agreed between the two companies last year.
Announced to buyers by Mike Beale, MD, global creative network at ITV Studios, and Tom Miyauchi, format producer of international business development at Nippon TV, Stacking It! is a large-scale family entertainment game show with prizes – the catch being that contestants will only be able to take home what they can stack.
The format will officially premiere at the MIPTV Formats Accelerator sessions April 9.
ITV and Nippon will produce the series in their respective territories. Nippon TV will manage the sales of the new format across Asia, with ITV Studios representing the show internationally and producing it in those territories where it has an unscripted production base.
Stacking It! is the latest format the two organizations have partnered on. Last year, ITV Studios acquired the international production rights for Nippon TV’s game show format, Red Carpet Survival, again in those territories where it has a production base.
In other ITV Studios news, the prodco announced a new spin-off of global hit The Voice, called The Voice Rap. In this latest edition, the mic is given to aspiring rappers who will try to impress the coaches with their distinctive style, rhythm and poetry.
The format has already been picked up by Turkish SVOD platform Exxen, where it will launch later this month, and is being produced by Acun Medya, which also produces The Voice and its spin-offs in Turkey, Greece and Mexico.