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The channel was an early driver of cable TV subscriptions, and it was a pioneer in moving beyond U.S. borders with a global expansion strategy that began in the 1990s, long before its major competitors. David Zaslav, president-ceo of Silver Springs, Md.-based Discovery Communications since early 2007, spoke about the cornerstone of the company that has grown to 13 U.S. channels and a market cap of $20 billion.
What is your first memory of Discovery? You were a cable exec at NBC for nearly 20 years before joining the company.
My first hands-on memory of Discovery was going to Bethesda as a young lawyer. I was working for (the law firm) LeBoeuf and Lamb, and we represented Discovery. I remember going into a conference room and having John Hendricks stand up and talk about »
- Cynthia Littleton
TeamTO is founded.
Production of the second season of “Zoé Kézako”, a co-production with TF1.
TeamTO produces the educational and entertainment series “Adiboo in the Human Body” (Adibou dans le corps humain) for Téléimages Kids and Coktel.
TeamTO signs a development agreement with TF1 for “Hareport” (Tarmac MidMac).
“Adiboo in the Human Body” airs on France 5
Production starts on “Adiboo Destination Earth” with Téléimages Kids for France 5.
Season 2 of “Zoé Kézako” airs on TéléTOON+ in France.
TeamTO expands its capacity by opening a dedicated animation studio at La Cartoucherie in France’s Rhône-Alpes region.
Production initiated on “Angelo Rules” (Angelo la d´brouille), a co-production with France Télévisions, Cake Entertainment, and TéléTOON+.
Production commences on “Hareport.”
“Oscar & Co” airs on TF1 as “Ooohhh Asis”
“Plankton Invasion” is presented at the Cartoon Forum in Ludwigsburg (Germany).
“Yellowbird” (Gus), a 3D stereoscopic feature-film project is introduced at Lyon’s Cartoon »
- Christopher Pickard
When Roland Emmerich first unleashed Independence Day on the world in 1996, major cities were under attack. Washington DC, New York, Los Angeles — each city was leveled when a city-sized spaceship set off a blast over an iconic building. In Independence Day 2, it seems that idea is being expanded globally. A nice licensing poster […]
- Germain Lussier
"Tomorrowland" isn’t just a movie, it contains the possible key to saving the world. Though the film doesn’t outline solutions to global warming, poverty, or wars, it suggests an optimistic change of paths for Planet Earth that we just might be capable of pulling off. For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, or those who have stupidly decided to not see it, here is your "Tomorrowland" Cheat Sheet on how to save the world: Faith, no matter what. Imagination. The law of attraction! Get rid of the idea that the world is ending, this is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Invent lifelike children robots to recruit like-minded, strong-spirited, positive-thinking people to help spread the optimism. Make sure George Clooney is in your life at all costs. Do not take no for an answer! "Tomorrowland" has blazed the trail! Now its up to us to follow it. »
- Zara Lisbon
Kristen Stewart 'On the Road' dancing, with Garrett Hedlund on the right Down memory lane: Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart 'On the Road' images At the time best known as The Twilight Saga's conflicted human Bella Swan, Kristen Stewart was cast as the exuberant Marylou in Walter Salles' film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's iconic 1950s novel On the Road. Salles had been impressed with Stewart's pre-Twilight work in Sean Penn's Into the Wild. Based on LuAnne Henderson, Kerouac's close buddy Neal Cassady's first wife, Marylou is described as a "beautiful little sharp chick." Apparently, one who also likes to move seductively to the sound of music – as can be attested by the Kristen Stewart picture above, which first came out online in early 2011. Besides Stewart, On the Road also features Garrett Hedlund – at the time best known for Tron: Legacy – as Dean Moriarty, »
- Zac Gille
Legendary’s Asylum Entertainment (The Kennedys) and Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios (Ghost Hunters) are teaming to produce an event sports documentary series that explores sports on a global scale. Tentatively titled Planet Sport, and reminiscent of BBC series Planet Earth, the series will examine how sports shape and reflect cultures, societies, identities and communities throughout the world. Asylum’s Steven Michaels and Jonathan Koch, Piligian and David Michaels will… »
Steve Michaels and Jonathan Koch of Asylum and Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios are bringing on the Emmy-winning David Michaels to produce the project that explores sports on a global scale, examining how they shape and reflect cultures, societies, identities and communities throughout the world.
Each installment of the event series will utilize archival and modern-day footage, plus testimonials from famed athletes, to cover global events and competitions, while focusing on one sporting theme — glory, fear, rivalry, endurance and teamwork.
“‘Planet Sport’ promises to bring to life sports in a way that audiences around the world have never experienced,” said Michaels, president of Asylum. “Using technology, visual arts and high-level storytelling, we are creating the definitive and all-encompassing sports series.”
Piligian commented, “This series will do for sports what series like ‘Planet Earth’ did for nature — a sweeping, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
One way of telling the history of photographic arts is to describe a linear progression of more and more realistic picture-making, as if painter's brushes and pencils aimed mainly to approximate the human eye until, finally, photography emerged. (This is the premise André Bazin famously explored in “The Ontology of the Photographic Image.”) Given photography's automatic reproduction, painting could move on to express more boldly, more experimentally, more abstractly. Realism was no longer necessary. Incidentally, a lot of the most visible and most discussed uses of CGI and SFX in contemporary cinema have embodied images, actions, and temporalities that are far from realistic. These digital platforms enable visions of worlds that alter our own sufficiently so as to provide something—escape? Improvement? Color? It doesn't ultimately matter. The point is that the pixel has often been directed towards ends that seem to go against photography (and cinematography's) automatic capture of the world. »
- Zach Campbell
AMC has cast the lead role in its upcoming series Preacher. The adaptation of the Garth Ennis comic series has formally signed Dominic Cooper as the titular preacher Jesse Custer, as confirmed by executive producer and co-developer Seth Rogen.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) April 17, 2015
This is not Cooper’s first foray into the world of comic books, as he has also played Howard Stark, father to Iron Man Tony Stark, on both the big and small screen. Cooper, whose formal signing comes after weeks of talks, joins a cast that already includes Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Colletti, and Lucy Griffiths. A premiere date for Preacher has yet to be announced.
HBO made a number of moves over the past week. Key among »
- Deepayan Sengupta
This week on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we saw Maria Hill’s name, atop an old memorandum. But soon, fans will see the former intelligence director in the flesh.
How I Met Your Mother alum Cobie Smulders, who portrays Hill in Marvel’s Avengers film franchise, announced on Tuesday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! that she will appear in an upcoming episode of the ABC drama.
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“There is one coming up,” Smulders said of her character’s next encore. “I pop in every now and again to link »
The geniuses behind Planet Earth, Blue Planet, and Frozen Planet are coming back with an eight-part series called Our Planet for Netflix. The production company Silverback Films said it would be shooting the series in ultra-high-def. "Our Planet is going to raise the bar for natural history landmarks," said producer Alastair Fothergill. "We will reveal the most amazing sights on Earth and show them in ways they have never been seen before." The bad news is that the series won't premiere until 2019. (Nature documentaries take a long time!) For you, the major difference will be that you'll use a vape this time around. »
- E. Alex Jung
I don't sit around watching Animal Planet or any of these DisneyNature documentaries (Monkey Kingdom hits theaters this Friday by the way), but I immensely enjoyed BBC's "Planet Earth" back in 2007 as I pored over the five-disc set over the course of a weekend. While I own the follow-up "Life" on Blu-ray I still haven't watched it, though perhaps news of a new addition to the series over at Netflix may light a fire and get me to finally give that one a spin. EW brings the news that Netflix and BBC are partnering for "Our Planet", a follow-up documentary to "Planet Earth" with plans for a 2019 premiere, created in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund and Silverback Films. The series will be presented in eight parts and will use 4K technology and new storytelling techniques taking "viewers into never-before-filmed wilderness areas from the ice caps and deep ocean to deserts and remote forests, »
- Brad Brevet
Netflix continues to round out its slate of original non-fiction programming, this time with one of its biggest documentary projects yet. The streaming video service has ordered the eight-part nature docu-series Our Planet from the creators of BBC’s Planet Earth.
Filmed in Ultra HD 4K, Our Planet will explore remote parts of world and feature rare animals almost never seen by human eyes. The series will be produced by Silverback Films, with Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey leading the project. The filmmaking duo previously developed the documentaries Planet Earth, Blue Planet, and Frozen Planet for BBC, which later aired in the U.S. on the Discovery Channel.
Additionally, wildlife conservation organization WWF will assist in the creation of Netflix’s Our Planet series. WWF will provide the Silverback team access to protected habitats for filming purposes. The organization will also work with the production company to develop Our Planet-inspired multimedia content for various platforms. »
- Bree Brouwer
Netflix has ordered "Our Planet," an eight-part nature documentary exploring remote wilderness areas across the globe.
The series will be a four-year collaboration with Silverback Films and conservation group WWF and is to be shot in Ultra HD 4K format. WWF will provide the Silverback team access to its projects in protected areas around the world.
The aim is to present never-before-filmed settings featuring some of the world's rarest animals and most precious natural habitats.
The series is scheduled to premiere across all Netflix territories in 2019.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
When Planet Earth first screened on the BBC back in 2006, audiences were transfixed. Offering unprecedented access to some of the world’s most elusive animals and wildlife, the documentary irrefutably raised the bar for the genre of nature documentaries and its lofty production values still set the precedent years later.
Almost a decade on, though, and it seems Netflix is hoping to emulate on its success with the eight-part natural history series Our Planet, which has been described by producers as the largest project of its kind ever attempted, projecting content from the four corners of the world in 4K resolution. Due to film over the course of four years, the online giant stated that it plans to have the series available to stream by 2019.
- Michael Briers
Our Planet will be an eight-part documentary series that will premiere in 2019 in collaboration with Silverback Films.
The four-year project will focus on never-before-filmed wilderness areas and its animal inhabitants, including ice caps, deep oceans, deserts and remote forests, and will use the latest in 4K camera technology.
It will be 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.
Netflix will premiere a new eight-part natural history series “Our Planet” in 2019. The project comes from the creators of acclaimed series “Planet Earth,” Silverback Films, in association with the World Wildlife Fund. The four-year undertaking promises to bring 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, according to team behind the project. The series boasts the latest 4K technology. “Netflix is proud to be the global home for perhaps Silverback’s most ambitious project to date, »
- Tony Maglio
The team behind the hugely successful and respected nature documentaries The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, and Frozen Planet are moving from their previous home of the BBC to Netflix, for their new epic Our Planet.
Alastair Fothergill, whose production company Silverback Films will make the eight-part series, said: “Our Planet is going to raise the bar for natural history landmarks. We will reveal the most amazing sights on Earth and show them in ways they have never been seen before.”
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- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
Nature rules — again. Netflix today announced Our Planet, an eight-part natural history series from the creators of the Emmy-winning series Planet Earth. The ambitious four-year project will take viewers into never-before-filmed wilderness areas from the ice caps and deep ocean to deserts and remote forests. Using 4K camera technology, the series will bring viewers into intimate contact with some of the world's rarest animals and most precious natural habitats. Our Planet… »
One of the more controversial casting choices of recent times has to be that of Rooney Mara in the role of Tiger Lily in Joe Wright's upcoming Peter Pan reinvention "Pan". Previous interpretations of the character always portrayed her as Native American, which made the casting of the very white Mara seem out of place.
Speaking with Collider, Mara revealed that she was as sceptical as anyone when she met with Wright about the part:
"When they told me that he was doing it and that he wanted to meet with me, I was like, 'How is that going to work? I can't play Tiger Lily.' Because I always thought of her as a Native American, because that's always how she has been portrayed. I met with him anyway, because I love him, and I asked how this is going to work.
Then he showed me all these »
- Garth Franklin
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