BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., April 15, 2015 /CNW/ -- Netflix, the world's leading Internet TV network, will premiere across all its territories in 2019 in collaboration with Silverback Films and WWF, Our Planet, an astonishing new eight part natural history series made by the creators of the critically and popularly acclaimed series Planet Earth.
The ambitious four year project -- the largest of its kind ever attempted -- will take viewers into never-before-filmed wilderness areas from the ice caps and deep ocean to deserts and remote forests, introducing them to the most precious species and places that must withstand the impact of humanity so generations to come can enjoy the bounties of the natural world. Using the latest in 4K camera technology, the series and a range of specially produced storytelling for multi-media platforms will bring millions of people into intimate contact with some of the world's rarest animals and most precious natural habitats.
The series is being produced by Silverback Films, led by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey, who created Planet Earth, Frozen Planet and Blue Planet for the BBC, as well as the Disneynature films Earth, Bears, African Cats and Chimpanzee. WWF, the world's leading conservation organization with operations in more than 100 countries and over 5 million members, is providing the Silverback team unparalleled access to its projects in protected areas around the world and will collaborate on multi-media storytelling across its web and other platforms.
"Netflix is proud to be the global home for perhaps Silverback's most ambitious project to date," said Lisa Nishimura, Vice President, Netflix Original Documentaries. "The Planet projects have enjoyed great success on Netflix and have helped launch new technologies for viewing at home. We think watching Our Planet, fully on demand in 4K will be an unforgettable experience for our members."
"Our Planet is going to raise the bar for natural history landmarks," said Alastair Fothergill, Executive Producer Silverback Films. "We will reveal the most amazing sights on Earth and show them in ways they have never been seen before. Partnering with Netflix and WWF gives us the ability to reach and enthuse global audiences with the wonder and importance of the natural world."
"Our Planet will inspire millions of people around the world by showcasing the planet's most precious species and most fragile habitats through a visionary series and cutting edge multimedia storytelling," said Colin Butfield, Executive Producer, WWF. "At this critical time for global conservation we are honored to work with Silverback and Netflix on this completely unique collaboration."
Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) is the world's leading Internet TV network with over 57 million members in over 50 countries enjoying more than 100 million hours of TV shows and movies a day, including original series. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.
About Silverback Films
Silverback Films specializes in the production of high quality wildlife films for both television and cinema. Formed in 2012 by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey, the company brings together a world-class team of wildlife filmmakers to create the highest quality natural history films. The company is currently making a landmark series for BBC One, The Hunt and feature films for Disneynature.
WWF is one of the world's largest independent conservation organisations, with more than five million supporters and a global network active in more than one hundred countries. Through our engagement with the public, businesses and government, we focus on safeguarding the natural world, creating solutions to the most serious environmental issues facing our planet, so that people and nature thrive. Find out more about our work, past and present at panda.org
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For further information: Don Halcombe, Netflix PR, (310) 975-8931, [email protected]; Emma Roberts, WWF (European Timezones), (+44) 01483 412 429, [email protected]; Jenna Bonello, WWF (Americas), 1 (202) 495 4541, [email protected], http://www.netflix.com