Fremantle has acquired global distribution rights to Whale With Steve Backshall, the upcoming natural history series from True To Nature Productions.
Launching on Sky Nature in the UK in autumn, the True to Nature and Sky Studios production is directed by Ellen Husain and Tom Whitworth, and executive produced by Wendy Darke. Simon Nash serves as series producer.
Following his previous Sky show, Shark With Steve Backshall, this new series follows the titular adventurer and conservationist on first-hand, freediving encounters with whales and dolphins of all species, from the mighty sperm whales and intelligent humpback whales to smart but deadly Orcas and Bottlenose Dolphins
Using cutting-edge technology, from diver propulsion vehicles to tiny, high-quality drone cameras and split-rig cameras to film above and below the water simultaneously, Backshall and the team aim to get closer than ever to these animals.
Angela Neillis, SVP of non-scripted content, international, at Fremantle, said: “True To Nature have done a first-class job of delving into the lives of these fascinating mammals that are often shrouded in mystery. Shark with Steve Backshall was a huge hit with audiences on Sky Nature and Whale with Steve Backshall is set to repeat that success and blow audiences’ minds.”