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Discovery readies Earthshot Prize series from Silverback Films

Discovery has signed on as the global broadcaster partner for Prince William and The Royal Foundation’s The Earthshot Prize, which includes the five-part series The Earthshot Prize: Repairing Our Planet. The ...
September 17, 2021

Discovery has signed on as the global broadcaster partner for Prince William and The Royal Foundation’s The Earthshot Prize, which includes the five-part series The Earthshot Prize: Repairing Our Planet.

The series will be produced by Silverback Films for Discovery, BBC1 and iPlayer.

Launched in October 2020, The Earthshot Prize is a global environment prize intended to discover, celebrate and scale innovative solutions to the greatest environmental challenges facing the planet.

The prize is centered on five “Earthshots:” protect and restore nature; clean our air; revive our oceans; build a waste-free world; and fix our climate.

Featuring Prince William, Sir David Attenborough and additional members of The Earthshot Prize Council, the five-part series will showcase the five challenges as well as highlighting the work of the 15 prize finalists, which were announced today (Sept. 17).

The series is slated to premiere on Discovery+ on Oct. 3 in the U.S., with a global rollout to follow. It will also air on Discovery in the U.S. on Oct. 16 at 4 p.m. ET/PT.

Keith Scholey serves as executive producer. Sreya Biswas and Tom Coveney are commissioning editors for the BBC. For Discovery, Howard Swartz is executive producer and Joseph Mazzeo is associate producer.

The title was commissioned for the BBC by Patrick Holland, director, factual, arts and classical music television, and Jack Bootle, head of commissioning, science and natural history.

BBC Studios is distributing internationally.

“We are honored to partner with The Royal Foundation and our friends at BBC to bring this important work to people around the world,” Nancy Daniels, chief brand officer, Discovery and factual, said in a statement. “The crisis facing our planet has only become even more urgent. It is crucial that we amplify these hopeful stories of innovation to preserve our natural world.”

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