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Netflix commissions “Wild Babies” docuseries from Humble Bee Films

UK indie production company Humble Bee Films has announced that it has been commissioned by Netflix to produce a natural history documentary series focused on the secret lives of wild ...
April 19, 2022

UK indie production company Humble Bee Films has announced that it has been commissioned by Netflix to produce a natural history documentary series focused on the secret lives of wild baby animals, which will premiere on the streaming service on May 5.

Narrated by Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-winning actress Helena Bonham Carter, Wild Babies (8 x 30 min.) follows the stories of 17 animal families, including baby lions, sea otters, orangutans, elephants, bottlenose dolphins and emperor penguins, across 16 countries ranging from Antarctica to Sri Lanka to Namibia. The show promises character-driven adventures that will follow the animals from birth, through their developmental milestones and on to pivotal coming-of-age moments.

Wild Babies is executive produced by Stephen Dunleavy and Charlotte Crosse, with Beth Brooks serving as showrunner.

Wild Babies will resonate with a broad family audience, with heartwarming stories that will feel relatable to viewers around the world,” Humble Bee Films’ Crosse said in a news release. “Delivering an ambitious wildlife series during a global pandemic certainly presented new challenges for our team, but what we hadn’t anticipated were the creative opportunities and innovative approaches that also emerged.”

Humble Bee specializes in high-end natural history, science and history programming for a range of global broadcasters. Previous productions include Attenborough’s Life in Colour for the BBC, Netflix and Channel Nine Australia; David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities for UKTV, BBC Worldwide and BBC Two; Attenborough and the Giant Elephant for BBC One and CBC; Amazing Pigs for Terra Mater Factual Studios, Smithsonian Channel and Arte; and Tasmania: Weird and Wonderful for Terra Mater Factual Studios and BBC Two.

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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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