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Sky adds three titles to its non-fiction slate including Netflix copro

European satcaster Sky has added a trio of non-fiction titles to its slate, highlighted by the broadcaster’s first coproduction with streaming giant Netflix. Netflix and Sky Nature will team up to ...
January 25, 2022

European satcaster Sky has added a trio of non-fiction titles to its slate, highlighted by the broadcaster’s first coproduction with streaming giant Netflix.

Netflix and Sky Nature will team up to produce the blue-chip nature series Predators, which sees six predators trying to survive in changing landscapes and environments: polar bears in Canada, wild dogs in Zimbabwe, pumas in Chile, lions in Botswana, brown bears in Russia and cheetahs in Tanzania.

Predators is produced by True to Nature and Sky Studios in association with Netflix. Dan Smith will direct the series, which is executive produced by Wendy Darke. Vanessa Coates serves as showrunner. The six-part series will premiere on Sky Nature in the UK, Germany and Italy in the winter of 2022.

Sky Documentaries contributes to the slate as well with the documentary Gabon (w/t). The doc follows the story of a scientist from Manchester who became Gabon’s environment minister, and is at the forefront of the fight against rainforest destruction and climate change. Gabon is one of five countries remaining in the world that absorbs more carbon than it emits, but corruption, crime cartels and the bureaucracy of climate negotiations threaten its rainforest.

Gabon (w/t) is produced by Keo Films in association with Sky Studios. NBCUniversal Global Distribution handles global sales on behalf of Sky Studios. The documentary is directed by Gavin Searle, executive produced by Will Anderson and Adrian Pennick, and produced by Jacky Sloane. It is scheduled to premiere on Sky Documentaries later this year.

Finally, the broadcaster also has a new series on tap via Sky Crime, Death on the Beach. Several young travelers have died under mysterious circumstances on the remote island of Koh Tao in Thailand. With privileged access to the families of several victims, the series seeks to discover more about the stories behind these deaths.

Blast! Films and Sky Studios will produce the three-part series, with NBCUniversal Global Distribution managing distribution on behalf of Sky Studios. Jack Warrender is directing the series, with Edmund Coulthard and Lindsay Shapero executive producing, and Ellen Arnold producing. The series is scheduled to be available on Sky Crime in March.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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