Love Nature and long-running natural history doc series Nature, a production of The WNET Group for PBS, have announced their latest co-production, The Ocean’s Greatest Feast, created and produced by wildlife and factual entertainment producer Earth Touch.
The announcement for the one-hour blue-chip documentary was made at Jackson Wild on Monday (September 27). Additional commissioning broadcast partners include Bonne Pioche Television for France Television (France) and SVT (Sweden). The project recently wrapped filming on the South African coast. Blue Ant International has global distribution rights to the film outside of co-pro territories.
Ocean’s Greatest Feast is described as one of Earth Touch’s most ambitious projects yet, utilizing a range of new filming technology to examine South Africa’s annual sardine run, including gyro-stabilized long lens drones, Shotover cameras and a new remote underwater unit to bring the sardine run to life in vivid 4K.
The film will premiere on PBS as part of its Nature series in the U.S market and will run on Sky Nature in the UK, France TV in France and SVT in Sweden. It will debut on Love Nature’s linear and streaming platforms outside of its co-production territories and the U.K.
The Ocean’s Greatest Feast was created and produced by Earth Touch and is a co-production between the WNET Group and Love Nature. Graeme Duane is executive producer and Mea Trenor is producer. Executive producer for Nature is Fred Kaufman, and series producer is Bill Murphy. James Manfull executive produces on behalf of Love Nature, with Alexandre Soullier producing for Bonne Pioche Television for France 5.
“The cutting-edge technology and techniques that Earth Touch uses in The Ocean’s Greatest Feast not only showcases never-before-seen perspectives, but results in an incredibly breathtaking and compelling story about the creatures who play a part in this natural phenomenon,” Carlyn Staudt, global general manager for Love Nature, said in a release. “This special is a perfect addition to Love Nature’s growing portfolio of groundbreaking and ambitious natural history programming.”
“South Africa’s sardine run is one of the planet’s greatest events,” added Nature‘s Kaufman. “We’re excited to bring it to the PBS audience in this unprecedented way.”