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Matthew Leiper - A recent graduate of the University of Salford with a Masters Degree in Wildlife Documentary Production. He has experience behind both the camera and the keyboard for filming and editing roles respectively and has talent as a narrator too!
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Wildeye have several course places available this year... Be sure to check them out!!
There's at least one place available on Sound Recording in Northumberland with Chris Watson & Jez riley French, 6–9 May 2016, so if you're interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest! This long weekend field meeting is an opportunity to practice and develop sound recording skills in the company of Chris Watson in his home patch of Northumberland. Audio specialist and artist Jez riley French will also be present throughout to share his experience, particularly with the use of extended field recording techniques including the use of non-conventional equipment such as hydrophones and contact microphones. More here!
The next Wildlife Camera Operator Course, 17-19 June 2016 has places available... Whether you are hoping for a career as a professional wildlife camera operator or want to film wildlife as a fascinating hobby, this course will arm you with the knowledge and techniques to create stunning shots and sequences. As camera technology advances apace it can be difficult to know what equipment to use (and then how to use it!), with a high tutor to student ratio, this course is unique in content and value for money. More here!
Last years' first Introduction to Conservation Film-making was a big sucess with very positive feedback from attendees... The nest dates 15-17 July 2016 have spaces, so join us if you want to make films that make a difference! There are many conservation and environmental issues that could be tackled effectively if only the people involved were informed or educated about the causes and solutions that could make a difference.
Films and the Media are some of the most powerful communication tools we have, but we need to make the right films and distribute them to the audience \ decision makers \ community \ corporation \ law enforcers \ government bodies who can create that change.
So how do you go about this? More here! Just £295, including all tuition, accommodation and meals!
There's places available on the ever popular Introduction to Wildlife Film-making, 2–4 September 2016 - These weekends, in the heart of Norfolk, provide a unique hands-on introduction to wildlife film-making. The sessions cover all aspects of wildlife film-making with opportunities for practical filming work as well as advice about how to get started and what equipment to use. This course is the perfect start for those wishing to work in the wildlife film-making industry, whether as a camera operator, producer, researcher, script-writer, presenter and so on. It is also suitable for those wishing to pursue wildlife film-making as a fascinating hobby. More here!
Again, last years' first Gorillas and Chimpanzees in Uganda trip went very well, so this it will undoubtably will again this year, 14-25 November 2016 – There are 4 Places Available! Join the Great Ape Adventure (A Wildeye /GAFI Project) - Trek to see/film wild mountian gorillas and chimpanzees in the forests of Uganda, whilst learning about and participating in conservation projects to protect our close relatives. A unique itinerary is planned to give participants an incredible opportunity to see wild great apes and engage in their conservation... More here!
The second Audio Post Production Course wirh Pip Norton & Chris Watson, 16-18 December 2016 has availabilty too... This two-day course explores techniques of editing audio files on a computer and mixing soundtracks. Through demonstration and working on practical tasks you will learn how to create, edit, manipulate and improve sound recordings, and also how they can be effectively combined and mixed together to produce a soundtrack. This could be for a television or radio programme, for installations, movies, video games, CD/audio-file releases or for your own enjoyment. The course includes the creation and production of Foley sound and sound effects, how to record the perfect voice over/narration, and covers the growing area of multi-channel mixing. It is suitable for those who have already taken our Introduction to Wildlife Sound Recording course, or those who already have some experience of audio work. It will also be invaluable for video editors and producers who oversee the post production process. More here!
Winners announced at UN Headquarters on World Wildlife Day!
International Elephant Film Festival Celebrates World’s Best Elephant Films
The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) teamed up in organizing an International Elephant Film Festival to raise global awareness of the various challenges facing the African and Asian elephants, as a highlight of UN World Wildlife Day on 3 March. The Festival received more than 250 entries into the film competition, which were reviewed by over 75 preliminary judges over six weeks before the short list was passed on to the final judging panel.
"These films connect us in a very personal way to wildlife, observed John E. Scanlon, Secretary General of CITES.” They inspire us all to make sure these magnificent animals survive in the wild. Congratulations to all of the finalists and category winners, and thank you for making this such a memorable World Wildlife Day."
The high-level celebration at UN Headquarters attracted international diplomats and policy-makers as well as conservation, NGO & business partners and filmmakers and included UNEP Goodwill Ambassador/model Gisele Bündchen and Actress/Producer Kristin Davis, whose film Gardeners of Eden won the Elephant Hero category.
The International Elephant Film Festival Winners are:
African Voices Recognizing excellence in elephant films produced by citizens of African nations.
Issues & Solutions Awarded to the film that most effectively reveals current issues and challenges--most notably the ivory poaching
crisis--and communicates solutions to the environmental, social-economic and sustainability
issues facing elephant conservation including reducing the demand for illegal
ivory in the destination countries.
Explorer: Warlords of Ivory, National Geographic Studios for National Geographic Channels
Elephant Hero Awarded to the film that most effectively celebrates noteworthy achievements including the work of individuals or groups committed to elephant protection & conservation.
Gardeners of Eden, Village Beat
Elephant Micro-Movie (under 5 minutes) Awarded to the PSA, music video, media artwork or advocacy film that most effectively communicates an appreciation or understanding of elephants or elephant conservation. Limited to media 5 minutes in length or less.
War of Space, Mays Entertainment
People & Elephants Awarded to the film that most effectively conveys the complex relationship between elephants and humans.
Naledi: Every Elephant Counts, Vulcan Productions in association with Off the Fence
Science & Elephants Awarded to the film that most effectively demonstrates the impact of science and technology on understanding elephants and advancing elephant conservation.
Minds of Giants, Vulcan Productions & Off the Fence
Special Consideration to: Mike Birkhead Associates
IEFF would also like to acknowledge Echo, the Elephants of Amboseli - the researchers who studied her family and the filmmakers who told their story forever changed how the world would see these remarkable animals.
Wildlife-film.com says very well done to all winners, with special congratulations to members Afriscreen Films & Ammonite for their very well-deserved wins! When congratulated on Twitter, Afriscreen said "The elephants deserve it!" - We say, so true.
Winners were announced at a high level event marking the global celebration of World Wildlife Day at UN Headquarters in New York on 3 March 2016. Winning and finalist films will be showcased extensively throughout the world, through local screening events and broadcasts.
“These amazing films speak eloquently to the importance of saving elephants while are still able to do so,” said Jackson Hole Festival’s Executive Director, Lisa Samford. “We’re eager to partner with organizations around the world to raise local awareness and engagement through free public screenings and events.”
Samford drew particular attention to the decades-long anthology documenting Echo, the matriarch of Amboseli and her family, noting that the researchers who studied this herd and the filmmakers who told their story forever changed how the world would see wild African elephants.
The organizers are particularly grateful to the final judges for their commitment of time:
Inger Anderson, Director General of International Union for Conservation of Nature
Ian Craig, Director of Conservation, Northern Rangelands Trust, Kenya
Bingbing Li, Actress, Singer and Conservationist, China
Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs, Republic of South Africa
Catherine Novelli, Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, United States
Your chance to win a prestigious award, with a cash first prize of £5,000 and reach millions through national exposure. Help raise awareness about British wildlife and celebrate our natural heritage. Winners and commended entrants will have their work showcased in a touring exhibition and stunning book, and will be invited to an exclusive Awards ceremony in London. The £20,000 prize fund includes products from lead sponsor Canon.
The awards recognise the talents of photographers practising in Britain whilst also highlighting the great wealth and diversity of British natural history. A celebration of British wildlife as well as a showcase for photographers and videographers, both amateur and professional.
There are fifteen separate categories including animal behaviour, urban wildlife, habitat, animal portraits, marine life, the hidden secret world that lies in the undergrowth and a special award for Wildlife in HD Video. Also two junior categories - to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography. The competition is open until 30th April 2016.
Check out the A-Z official selections for the 39th IWFF!
- Ann Johnson Prum – USA – 2015
Battle on the Booming Grounds “Sneak Peak” - Tim Barksdale – USA – 2016
The Bee Hunter
Jotham Porzio , Wisteria Fleming Loeffler – USA – 2015
Brazil – A Natural History – Ep. 1: Fragile Forest Paul Reddish - Austria – 2015 Brothers in Blood: The Lions of Sabi Sand - Daniel Huertas – 2015 – South Africa
Dark Side of the Ocean - Rick Rosenthal – 2015 – USA Daughters of the Forest -
Samantha Grant – 2015 – Paraguay
Deep Ocean: The Lost World of the Pacific - Masazumi Komoda – 2015 – Japan
EO Wilson of Ants and Men
Shelley Schulze – USA – 2015 The Forgotten Coast -
Eric Bendick – USA – 2015 Gardeners of the Forest -
Ceylan Carhoglu, Nicole Jordan Webber – USA – 2015 Giraffe – Up High and Personal -
Herbert Ostwald – Austria – 2015 How to Let Go of the World: and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change
- Josh Fox – USA – 2015 Humpback Whales -
Greg MacGillivray – USA – 2015 I am Morgan – Stolen Freedom
- Heiko Grimm, Irene Buesa García, Carlos Godó Borrás – New Zealand – 2015 Indian Point
- Ivy Meeropol – USA – 2015 Islands of Creation
- Nathan Dappen, Neil Losin – USA – 2015 Joe
- Andy Maser – USA – 2015 Jumbo Wild
- Nick Waggoner – Canada – 201 The Legend of the Great Auk - Karen Lewis – USA – 2015 Life Force 2: Africa’s Albertine Rift
- Quinn Berentson (NHNZ) – Japan – 2014 Life Force 2: The Arid Namib - Makoto Kita (NHNZ) – Japan – 2014 A Life in the Day
- Colin Scott – 2015 – USA Living with Carnivores: Boneyards, Bears and Wolves - Jason D.B. Kauffman, Seth Wilson – USA – 2015 Living With Coyote
- Priya Shelly – USA – 2015 Making an Ancient Forest – Kalkalpen National Park
Rita Schlamberger – Austria – 2015 Medieval Monsters
- Oliver Mueller – United Kingdom – 2015 The Messenger
- Su Rynard – Canada – 2015 Moose: A Year in the Life of Twig Eater
- Susan Fleming – Canada – 2015 Muerte Es Vida (Death Is Life)
- Ali Alvarez – 2015 – United Kingdom National Parks Adventure
- Greg MacGillivray – USA – 2015 Nile – The Ultimate River – Ep. 1: Mountains of the Moon
- Harald Pokieser, Clare Dornan – Austria – 2015 Ocean Stories: Greg Stone
- Patrick Creadon, Gregg Goggin – USA – 2015 Ocean Stories: The Halls
- Patrick Creadon, Gregg Goggin – USA – 2015 Ostrich – A Life on the Run
- Mike Birkhead, Martyn Colbeck – Austria – 2015 Planet Parrot
- Matt Hamilton – Austria – 2014 Polar Bear Summer
- Klaus Scheurich – Germany – 2015 Power of Nature: Elephants: Mega-gardeners of the Forest
- John Capener – 2015 Power of Nature: Salmon: Heart of the Forest
-Honor Peters – 2015 Power of Nature: Wolves: Forest Stewards
- John Capener – 2015 The Pursuit of Hippo-ness
-Alan E Franks – USA – 2016 Racing Extinction
-Louie Psihoyos – USA – 2015 Red Wolf Revival
- Roshan Patel – USA – 2015 The Sagebrush Sea
-Marc Dantzker, Tom Swartwout – USA – 2015 SEED: The Untold Story
- Taggart Siegel & Jon Betz – USA – 2016 Soul of the Elephant
-Dereck Joubert, Beverly Joubert – USA – 2015 Sun Bear
Eddie Roqueta – USA – 2015 Think Like A Scientist: Gorongosa
- Nathan Dappen, Neil Losin – USA – 2015 Ulin
- Leo Plunkett (EIA) – United Kingdom – 2015 Unnatural Enemies: The War on Wolves - Geordie Day – Canada – 2015 Unnatural Selection
- Steve Nicholls, Sarah Whalley (Warehouse51) – Austria – 2013 Wild Canada – Ep. 1: The Eternal Frontier
- Brian Leith (executive producer) - Canada – 2014 Wild Sri Lanka – Episode 1: Land of Lakes
-Mike Birkhead – Austria – 2015 The Wolf OR-7 Expedition-
Daniel Byers – USA – 2016 Yellowstone
- Oliver Goetzl (Gulo Film Productions) – Germany – 2015 Yosemite
-Oliver Goetzl (Gulo Film Productions) – Germany – 2015
Congratulations to all, especially our full members named in bold! :)
The First Wildlife Film Festival on the Planet with Mike Steinberg by Eyes on Conservation
Eyes on Conservation's Matthew Podolsky interviews IWFF’s current executive director, Mike Steinberg, discussing changes that have affected the festival since it was formed in 1977, particularly since his tenure started three years ago! Next year will see the organisations' 40th anniveersary!!
From the infinitesimal to the infinite, science plays a profound role in our daily lives in ways we can scarcely imagine! In the fall of 2016, we will celebrate outstanding media that best conveys the wonders of science to public audiences, at the Science Media Awards & Symposium (SMASH16), presented in partnership with WGBH in Boston, September 20-22, 2016.
The Grand Helix Award This award goes to the single film or media project that best exemplifies excellence in the art of inspired scientific storytelling. Each film entered into competition will be considered for this prestigious recognition.
Call for Entry Closes June 1 | Extended Deadline June 15 | Finalists Announced August 1 | Winners announced September 21
We are pleased to remind you that the 32nd Festival of Ménigoute will take place from 27 October to 1st November 2016 and that the deadline is 1st May 2016.
We will welcome all your propositions of documentaries where the wild animals are starring (birds, mammals, fish, insects…) providing they won’t have been screened before in another French event.
There is no entry fee.
Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam is open for entries until May the 1st.
The Netherlands' main wildlife film festival will be held in the city centre of Rotterdam from 27 - 30 October 2016.
We screen movies with a central focus on the natural world, but also critical and informative offerings on the environment and sustainability. We would like to invite both professional and non-professional filmmakers from anywhere in the world to participate. The competition is free of fees.
Please visit our website www.wffr.nl for the submission form. Closing date: May 1st 2016
Films will be awarded by a Jury as well as by the public during the festival.
The registrations to our Professional Film Contest are open!
You are a film-maker and you have directed a film about Nature (in a large sense)? Your film has a minimum duration of 5'? Don't hesitate and participate in our Professional Film Constest.
If your movie is selected, it will be screened during the International Nature Namur Festival which will take place from 14 to 23 Octobre at the Acinapolis Cinema Complex and you will possibly win one of our 5 prestigious awards during the Gala Evening.
Wildscreen Festival 2016 - Entry Deadline Extended by Two Weeks!
The Wildscreen Panda Awards 2016 Call for Entries is now open until Wednesday 6 April!
Submit online to be in with a chance of winning one of the world's most internationally renowned awards for outstanding achievement in the craft of natural world filmmaking and storytelling. Extended closing date for entries is Wednesday 6 April. SUBMIT YOUR FILM
Wildscreen presents: An insider’s guide to becoming a wildlife filmmaker
If you want to find out what it takes to break into the wildlife filmmaking industry, join Wildscreen in Glasgow on Thursday 12 May. With a line-up featuring some of Scotland’s leading broadcasters, filmmakers, independent production companies and rising new talent, get the inside track on the natural world storytelling genre and how you can become part of it.
Through a series of panel discussions, unearth what it takes to make a wildlife film, explore the diversity of crafts and roles involved in creating a masterpiece and get practical tips on how to start your own natural world storytelling journey.
Harry Bell, Creative Director of Tern TV, Scotland’s biggest indigenous independent TV company
Gordon Buchanan, award-winning wildlife cameraman and TV presenter
Craig Hunter, Commissioning Editor, Natural History & Specialist Factual, BBC
Ben Garrod, evolutionary biologist and TV presenter
Campbell Glennie, Talent Schemes Director at Edinburgh TV Festival
Nigel Pope, Creative Director of Keo North and Maramedia and multi-award winning wildlife filmmaker
Film entries are now open for:
Sondrio Festival 2016 – International Documentary Film Festival on Parks
(30th edition, Sondrio, Italy, 7 – 13 November 2016).
The film festival and competition focus on documentaries featuring aspects of National Parks, Nature Reserves and Protected Areas, with an extra category, for documentaries made in natural areas and dealing with the environment, its conservation, human activities, agriculture and sustainable development.
Films selected for the Festival will be considered for the First Prize “Town of Sondrio" (4,000 Euros), the “Stelvio National Park” Award (3,000 Euros) and the “Lombardy Region” Award (3,000 Euros), for films shot in the European Union.
Entry forms and films on DVD should be sent not later than 13 May 2016.
There is no entry fee.
Classroom in the Wild: Chesapeake Bay 2016 was a "great sucess" says Chris Palmer
Report from Professor Chris Palmer following 2016 class:
This year’s Classroom in the Wild: Chesapeake Bay was a great success, and featured a diverse group of students including graduate and undergraduate students from a variety of programs (both AU and non-AU), and working professionals from government agencies, National Geographic, and from as far away as Ecuador.
Support Modern Conservation: Madagascar from Team Candiru/James Dunbar
Conservation documentary exploring the struggle to coexist in the world's top biodiversity hot spot.
Team Candiru is a small, award winning production company based in Bristol. After producing documentary films about the UK's spiders, bees and other invertebrates, we are now turning our attention to conservation in the modern world.
These are dark times for conservation. Year after year we are experiencing record losses in biodiversity, despite the tireless efforts of many individuals and organisations. But it doesn't have to be this way. Man and nature can co-exist, and we want to make a film that proves this - at a time and in a place where the stakes could not be higher. Your support will allow us to show the world that there is hope for us all.
A film by Angela Prochilo about biologist Erica Pacífico and her brave efforts to protect the Lear's Macaw in Brazil. César Leite is the cameraman and fixer.
To protect these rare endangered birds facing threats such as poaching and habitat loss, Erica and her team will go on a challenging mission to microchip Lear's Macaw chicks living high up on sandstone cliffs in Northeast Brazil. Working conditions are extreme and the timing for this expedition is critical - they must get to the chicks before they fledge the nests.
Her mission is crucial to better understand the species’ biology, behaviour and environmental needs. This valuable knowledge can steer conservation efforts in the right direction to ensure the safety of their natural habitat and protect them from harm.
Heroic conservation stories like Erica's deserve to be told. With your help, we can make this documentary possible!
Bevis has been filming on Exmoor and exploring the idea of a film that took the point of view of a single tree and all that happened in its immediate vicinity. This is part of his interest into the moving image equivalent of the 'transect'.
Explorer Stewart McPherson travels 70,000 kilometres by RAF planes, ice breakers, freight vessels and the last working Royal Mail postal ship to undertake the first journey in history to all 14 UK Overseas Territories - Britain's far flung, little-known islands scattered across the globe.
Through this intrepid adventure, we uncover the UK's surprising heritage of arid deserts, lush rainforests, diverse coral reefs, exploding volcanoes and icy glaciers to witness some of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth; including many of the planet's largest concentrations of penguins, tropical sea birds, land crabs, sea turtles, reef fish, seals... With camerawork by member Simon Vacher!
The first of four one hour episodes will premiere on Tues 12 April at 9pm on BBC Four in the UK.
Photographs on the Arkive website have helped two naturalists who had never met and work around 200 miles (310 kms) apart to identify two previously unrecorded species of one of Earth’s oldest flowering plants: the magnolia.
In 2010, Roberto Pedraza Ruiz gave Arkive a series of animal and plant photos he had taken in a life-rich cloud forest within eastern Mexico’s Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve. One of the photos he donated was identified as being the magnolia, Magnolia dealbata, classified as Endangered on the IUCN Red List.
But the image raised questions for Dr José Antonio Vázquez, a botanist at the University of Guadalajara, when he came across it during a search of Arkive’s 16,000 free-to-view online flora and fauna fact-files.
As Roberto explains: “For Dr Vázquez, the specimen in the photo seemed unusual and he requested that I sent him more pictures. So I made several more trips to the cloud forest, documenting the flowers and fruits of the trees until finally receiving confirmation that I had photographed not only one but two completely new species of magnolias.”
OPS is proud to announce their partnership with the GoPro: Be a Hero For a Cause campaign. GoPro will be matching all donations to OPS up to 50K!
View this GoPro: For a Cause film that celebrates the impact photography and films like “The Cove” and “Racing Extinction” can have when a lens is focused on matters of global importance. With GoPro highlighting OPS's work, they hope to inspire more people to exercise their power to help change the world – together we can make real difference.
SeaWorld to stop breeding orcas following controversy - The 'Blackfish Effect'?
The US theme park operator SeaWorld says it is ending its controversial orca breeding programme.
The decision means the orcas currently at the parks will be "the last generation", the company said.
SeaWorld, which has 12 parks across the US, has faced heavy criticism over alleged poor treatment of its captive orcas, also known as killer whales.
Activists have called for the orcas to be released into the wild but SeaWorld claims they would likely die.
"For as long as they live, the orcas at SeaWorld will stay in our parks," the company said in a Los Angeles Times op-ed.
SeaWorld has previously announced that it will phase out live orca shows.
It said on Thursday it would also also scrap plans for a $100 million project called "Blue World" that would have enlarged its orca habitat at SeaWorld San Diego.
California Congressman Adam Schiff, who was behind an act designed to phase out orca captivity, said: "These changes are something that advocates have been urging for years and I think SeaWorld will find that visitors will reward their actions with a renewed interest in the parks."
SeaWorld's shares rose as much as 6% in morning trading following the announcement.
SeaWorld's treatment of orcas was highlighted in the 2013 documentaryBlackfish, which focused on a series of violent incidents involving an orca called Tilikum.
The film also raised questions over the ethics of breeding programmes and practices such as the separation of calves from their mothers.
Since the film was released visitor numbers have fallen at Sea World's main theme parks and its share price has halved.
SeaWorld described the film as inaccurate, misleading and exploitative and launched a multi-million dollar marketing campaign to rebuild its reputation.
Blackfish director Gabriela Cowperthwaite was quoted by HSUS as saying the decision to end orca breeding represented "truly meaningful change".
We're looking for you to send us your ideas for Random Acts of Wildness - in film form. In no more than 10 seconds, we need you to capture your favourite Random Act of Wildness on camera and upload it to our Dropbox account. Then we'll edit them all together to create a gorgeous, fun and funky film that captures just how amazing wildlife and wild places are - and why you should want to go wild this June.
It doesn't matter how good (or bad!) the quality is - a camera phone will do just fine. If you've got footage from last year, that's great, but pick a sunny day if you'd like to film something new.
Think about different perspectives, ideas and locations, and get creative:
Making elderflower cordial from scratch
Use a GoPro to follow a bumblebee
Sniffing wildflowers in the garden
Exploring an urban jungle
Feeling sand or grass between your toes
Try to make sure that there's some audio, too - a short sentence saying what you're doing. Upload your films here.
See how caring caring a mother earwig can be in this Dutch scene by Tim Visser
The monther earwig cleans everything from underground after the birth of the earwigs, which usually number about 50 eggs. Of all the insects the earwig stays the longest with her offspring. This is very unique in the insect world..
In his tweet, DiCaprio included a link to a stunning video from Mercy For Animals, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing cruelty to farmed animals, and promoting compassionate food choices and policies.
The 4-minute clip, with the tag-line “This is the video future generations will be wishing everyone watched today,” starts by showing the awe-inspiring, grandeur of our living, breathing planet Earth as well as its incredibly vast biodiversity. It then turns dark as footage rolls of crumbling glaciers and disappearing coastlines, and links these global catastrophes to mankind’s insatiable appetite for meat.
The video points out that animal agriculture and meat consumption is the number one cause of environmental destruction, species extinction and ocean “dead zones”. The agricultural industry has consumed one-third of all fresh water and has destroyed 91 percent of the Amazon.
The video, however, ends on a good note. Its message, “She is our mother, there is only one, she is dying, she can be saved,” urges us all to help save our struggling ecosystems before it’s too late.
On March 8 and March 9, Yellowstone National Park organized a media tour of their Stephens Creek bison trap, where 150 wild buffalo were being held captive for slaughter and potentially quarantine. All of what you see taking place here is paid for with your federal tax dollars. Some of the footage was shot by Buffalo Field Campaign’s Mike Mease and some was captured by the park service’s GoPro cameras..
ZooMoo Animal Friends, a 60 part children’s series, premiered last month on CCTV14 in China to a massive 252 million viewers.
Co-produced by ZooMoo Networks and CCTV, ZooMoo Animal Friends aired on prime time daily from 8 February 2016. It was the number one show in the country in its time slot in the 4-14 year old demo and, with a 2.27% audience share, won the top ranked show across the demo.
The show was watched by 72.68 Million kids aged 4-14; the second largest group were 25-34 year old people with an audience of 41.94 Million.
The series continues to air weekly, with more episodes in the pipeline.
Mr. Zhuang Dianjun, head of CCTV Kids, says the ratings reflect the perfect matching of wildlife content with this age group and the appeal of the original characters.
“In the trial screenings, we found Chinese kids loved the content, just as they love nature and animals. The ratings are validation of identifying that niche on our channel.”
ZooMoo Networks Head of Programming Karin Simoncini was thrilled by the response to the Chinese adapted content.
“We expected the series to do well, but to have such outstanding ratings on its very first outing was terrific. An audience of 252 Million unique viewers made of kids and adults is hard to beat.”
Originally conceived as a standalone channel, ZooMoo was repackaged into 60 half-hour episodes co-produced by ZooMoo Networks, its creative team at New Zealand-based NHNZ, and CCTV.
The series includes successful global ZooMoo show Lost!, as well as original Panda and Snub-Nosed Monkey puppet content, Chinese animation showcasing local stories and originally composed songs that creatively combine traditional Chinese and modern music styles.
CEO of ZooMoo Networks International David Haslingden developed the channel in 2012, having identified a gap in the market for children’s programming dedicated to the animal kingdom.
“It is remarkably satisfying to know that our uniquely created content is being seen by so many of China’s young. Our intention with ZooMoo is to engage young viewers with our wild world and to help them celebrate the animal kingdom.”
ZooMoo is available in over 20 territories across Latin America, the United States, Asia and the Pacific.
Fox will be launching the second season of NHNZ’s ocean wildlife series Our Big Blue Backyard alongside the second season of Wild 24, and a brand new series Extreme Animal Babies at MIPTV 2016 in April.
Our Big Blue Backyard (5 x hrs) explores unique marine locations around New Zealand’s coastline, revealing the daily dramas, challenges and triumphs of the marine animals that live in these neighbourhoods - from iconic orca, penguins and sharks through to blue cod, snapper and crayfish and all in between.
Wild 24 (6 x hrs) focusses on various characters through a day in locations around the world: New Zealand, Brazil, India, South Seas, the Equator and Australia.
The new series Extreme Animal Babies (6 x hrs) reveals the characters of the world’s most engaging animal babies – be they daredevils, family fighters, fussy eaters or troublemakers.
“The first series of both Our Big Blue Backyard and Wild 24 have been high selling properties, with terrific appeal to global audiences,” says Fox’s Vice President of Content & Marketing, Connie Hodson.
“Our Big Blue Backyard is a stunning production, with engaging storytelling and intimate access to marine animals in their natural habitats; we are excited to have our hands on the second season.
“Wild 24 combines a compelling narrative, with quality archive, giving an insight into the daily routine of wildlife around the world. And we have high expectations with the Extreme Animal Babies – a delightful romp through the wild nurseries of the world.”
NHNZ Managing Director Kyle Murdoch says it’s hugely satisfying to have these series launching at MIPTV.
“Our production teams have been working around the clock to get these shows out the door, and it’s always rewarding to have such volume hit the market arena.”
Our Big Blue Backyard is being produced for TVNZ, funded by NZ on Air Platinum fund, and Wild 24 and Extreme Animal Babies are co-productions for Nat Geo Wild International.
Rewildline Britain Director, Helen Meech, recently had a chance to interview TV presenter and rewilding advocate, Chris Packham, about his views on rewilding and hopes for the future.
How is rewilding different from traditional nature conservation?
Well I’d like to be able to tell you that rewilding is a great new idea that we’ve just come up with, but it isn’t! It’s an idea that has evolved over some time as we’ve been investigating ways to rectify the problems we have in our landscapes.
For a long time we’ve been using a model of conservation using nature reserves - putting fences around them, managing them – and they have become an important repository for life, refuges in many cases. But while these little piecemeal offerings might be pretty little postcards of the past for us to visit on a Sunday and get a quick fix of nature, when you look at the bigger picture, habitats are still in decline.
We’ve rushed to protect habitats that have become rarer – ancient woodland, heathland and downland – habitats that support an interesting diversity of life, and ended up with lots of little jewels. But these jewels are not joined up, and so are very fragile in the long-term.
More recently, we’ve learnt that we can rebuild habitats. We can take arable fields, fields you would think are virtually dead, and transform them in a matter of a few years. We have the “technology” to do that, and that should be very empowering. I feel very confidently that rewilding is the answer to nature’s restoration.
Music Box Buys Nature Documentary ‘Seasons’ by ‘Winged Migration’ Filmmakers
Music Box Films has bought the U.S. rights to “Seasons” (“Les Saisons”), the latest documentary from filmmakers Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud.
Perrin and Cluzaud were the co-directors of 2001’s “Winged Migration,” which was nominated for an Academy Award, and 2010’s “Oceans.”
“Seasons” has opened in France to strong box office. Music Box Films plans a fall release in the U.S.
SVOD services Love Nature and Smithsonian Earth have partnered with Deadly Instincts producer Plimsoll Productions to launch 'Camp Zambia,' a two-year natural history project aiming to capture the breadth of African wildlife in 4K.
Holmes has been upped to head of wildlife, where she will continue to focus on landmark wildlife series including ITV’s Life at the Extreme with Davina McCall, Discovery’s Predators Up Close and Nat Geo’s Deadly Instincts. Prior to joining Plimsoll, Holmes served as series producer with the BBC Natural History Unit and is credited with producing such series as the BAFTA-winning Blue Planet and Life in the Freezer..
BBC Earth and producer-distributor Giant Screen Films have partnered with San Francisco prodco Golden Gate 3D to produce a large format film on the island nation.
The film will provide audiences with a three-dimensional venture across Cuban landscapes, while also heading under the ocean’s currents to explore coral reefs. Additionally, the feature-length documentary will take viewers on a natural history and cultural journey into the heart of Havana as seen through the eyes of Cuban artists, historians and scientists.
TVF International sends "Wild City: Singapore" abroad
The London-based distributor has sent the Beach House Pictures-made blue-chip wildlife series Wild City: Singapore (pictured) to broadcasters across the UK, Europe and Australia.
Wild City: Singapore journeys across the island city-state to explore hidden wildlife hotspots. The docuseries, narrated by David Attenborough, surveys the country’s interior as well as its inaccessible coastline and islands.
Gordon Buchanan: from Springwatch to wrestling giant anacondas
He’s spent 20 years filming the world’s wonders, but the presenter has just faced his toughest challenge yet: living with hunters in the Amazon and Kalahari.
Gordon Buchanan has just got out of hospital. With malaria. Yes, the man who makes his living chasing lions, wrestling giant anaconda and hauling crocodiles has been brought down by that most tiny of beasts – the mosquito. “I’m not going to say I think I was dying,” he tells me, “but I imagine people who are dying feel a lot like that.”
In his current documentary series,Tribes, Predators and Me, Buchanan joins the world’s most remote tribes to observe how they live alongside nature’s most deadly predators. He joins a Waorani family in Ecuador’s Amazon jungle as they hunt for anaconda as part of a strength-giving ritual, visits the bushmen of the Kalahari who live among lions, and travels up the Sepik river in Papua New Guinea to learn how the Ngala call and hunt for crocodiles in the mud.
Buchanan has spent over 20 years capturing the world’s wonders as a wildlife film-maker, from recording back-garden foxes in Springwatch to spending a year living with the black bears of Minnesota in The Bear Family and Me. His transformation from cameraman to presenter led famously to footage of him being brought to tears when he discovered tigers living above 3,000m in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.
Interview: BBC presenter Kate Humble on growing up wild
The BBC television presenter tells Sarah Lazarus that she got her big break by mistake.
BAD HAIR DAY - I got into TV presenting by mistake. After I returned from travelling, I started work as a production assistant on a show called Animal Hospital. I absolutely loved it. After that I was asked to work on the Holiday programme. On my second day, my boss called me into his office and asked if I'd be interested in presenting. I wasn't, but they asked if I would do a screen test. I had to walk along the banks of the River Thames, talking to camera and interviewing people. I had huge 1980s hair and it was a very windy day and it was blowing everywhere. I assumed nothing would come of it but some time later my boss said, "We'd like you to go to France and present a piece on a barge in Normandy. And please do something about your hair."
Virginia McKenna to receive "Inspiring Lives Award" at San Francisco Green Film Festival
The star of the classic 1966 wildlife film Born Free, Virginia McKenna OBE, will be the special guest at this year's 6th San Francisco Green Film Festival on its closing night, April 20. The actress is one of the world's leading wildlife conservation leaders, and co-founder of Born Free USA and Born Free Foundation. This will be her first visit to the U.S. from the U.K as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the film and Born Free's 2016 Year of the Lion campaign.
A live natural history special and the Jason Silva-hosted (pictured) evolution program Origins are among the titles unveiled at a National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild upfront presentation in New York today (March 15).
Mersea Island - The Wild Edge Of Essex by Mat Larkin
A documentary celebrating the wildlife of Mersea Island, the most easterly inhabited island in the United Kingdom. Marsh harriers, watervoles, red squirrels, and numerous wintering birds are just a few of the species featured.
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