Zambia-based production camp will be home to a team of the world’s best directors, story producers and wildlife camera operators to create 50 hours of stunning 4K wildlife and nature content for Love Nature and Smithsonian Earth
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(Toronto, ON, March 10, 2016) – Love Nature and Smithsonian Earth announced today a partnership with Plimsoll Productions to launch an extraordinary 4K natural history project, Camp Zambia, which will see the three companies produce 50 hours of stunning 4K wildlife and nature programs over the next two years from a new state-of-the art production facility in the African country. The content, from the world’s best natural history directors, producers and wildlife camera operators, will range from blue chip footage of animal behavior to engaging character-led series, showcasing the extraordinary breadth of African wildlife. This 4K content offering will be produced for Love Nature’s Canadian and international SVOD and television offerings and Smithsonian Networks’ standalone streaming service, Smithsonian Earth, in the U.S. It will also be available for licensing worldwide via Blue Ant International. The project will support Love Nature’s ongoing commitment to create and distribute 200 hours of 4K nature and wildlife content annually.
“Camp Zambia truly is an amazing endeavor, created to bring audiences the most extraordinary and diverse wildlife and nature content to be enjoyed for years to come,” said Jo Parkinson, Managing Director, Love Nature (International). “The expansive landscapes, varied weather conditions and vast array of wildlife make the ideal combination for a spectacular 4K experience.”
“Camp Zambia represents an unprecedented commitment by Smithsonian Earth and Love Nature,” said David Royle, Executive Vice President of Programming and Production, Smithsonian Networks. “Embedding film crews in a single location for two years, which allows for round-the clock-filming, will provide global audiences with an extraordinary opportunity to immerse themselves into the lives of individual animals.”
“This is one of the most exciting projects I’ve ever worked on; it’s the first time anyone has ever used a location-based model for wildlife on such an epic scale, over such a long period,” said Andrew Jackson, Executive Vice President of International Production, Plimsoll Productions. “Zambia’s abundant wildlife offers a unique opportunity for this revolutionary approach and we’re already seeing incredible results.”
Plimsoll’s high profile production team includes Executive Vice President of International Production Andrew Jackson (North America, Frozen Planet, Africa), Head of Wildlife Martha Holmes (Blue Planet, Manhunters, Life) and Series Editor James Smith (Tribe, Amazon with Bruce Parry). Los Angeles-based Bleeding Fingers Music, a Hans Zimmer and Extreme Music partnership, has been commissioned to compose original music for the project.
Camp Zambia’s remote location offers up an unspoiled wilderness at the heart of a 500 mile-long valley marking the end of the Great Rift Valley. It has huge concentrations of elephants and one of the highest populations of leopards and hippopotami. From their Luangwa base, the Camp Zambia team will range into other parts of Zambia to film the impressive wildebeest and zebra migrations of the Liuwa Plains and the heartwarming elephant stories from the country’s dedicated sanctuary. A military night vision Selex camera used throughout production will capture behavior and visuals from night activity throughout the production. Camp Zambia will be amongst the first production teams to use this cutting edge technology in Africa.
Love Nature brings audiences closer to the beauty and wonder of nature, sharing awe-inspiring stories and shining a light on the fight for survival in a changing world. Producing over 200 hours of 4K nature and wildlife content annually, Love Nature offers the largest library of 4K wildlife and nature content in the world and is available internationally via linear television, video streaming services and as a turnkey factual 4K channel. LoveNature.com
Smithsonian Earth, a subscription video streaming service from Smithsonian Networks delivers spectacular original nature and wildlife content to the U.S. market. Subscribers can watch a wide array of all new original programs, refreshed on a weekly basis, which includes documentaries and short series that explore everything from the sea life of Socorro Island to the creatures of Madagascar and active volcanoes in Ethiopia. Subscribers can also immerse themselves in some of the most breathtaking and wildest places on earth with Nature Scenes, striking videos of the world’s natural wonders.
Plimsoll Productions creates and produces non scripted programming for the international television market from offices in both the UK and the USA. The award winning creative team has produced some of the biggest factual hits of recent years, winning Emmy Awards, as well as top awards from BAFTA and RTS. Since its launch in September 2013, the company has grown rapidly, with more than 20 series and over 125 hours of programming for both domestic and international networks.