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Discovery partners with Ellen DeGeneres for natural history multi-year deal

Discovery is teaming up with Ellen DeGeneres to partner on a content slate in the natural history space. In this exclusive deal, DeGeneres will develop and produce a variety of specials, ...
March 17, 2021

Discovery is teaming up with Ellen DeGeneres to partner on a content slate in the natural history space.

In this exclusive deal, DeGeneres will develop and produce a variety of specials, series, and documentaries that will bring her unique charm, passion and wit both in front of and behind the camera. The line-up will highlight the many wonders of the natural world and the incredible wildlife who inhabit it for both Discovery Channel and Discovery+.

First up is the documentary Endangered, from Discovery and the BBC Natural History Unit, which follows the effort of dedicated wildlife conservationists across the globe as they work to compile the latest version of The Red List – the most comprehensive record of the state of the world’s wildlife that has ever been created. In addition to serving as an executive producer, DeGeneres also narrates the documentary (pictured above in a sound studio), the first time she has done so on a project.

Endangered is the BBC Studios Natural History Unit’s first non-BBC commission and launches on Discovery+ on Earth Day, April 22.

“I’m so excited to partner with Discovery. I’ll get to discover all kinds of things about incredible animals. For instance, did you know the Ring-Tailed Lemur’s tail is longer than its body? I think that’s his tail. I hope that’s his tail. I have so much to discover with Discovery,” DeGeneres.

The slate will be executive produced by Jeff Kleeman, president of DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production company, and Howard Swartz, SVP of documentaries and specials, Discovery.

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