David Royle


Love Nature, Smithsonian, Arte team on ‘Stormborn’ series

Love Nature has partnered with Smithsonian Channel, France’s Arte and BBC Scotland on a blue-chip natural history series that follows a dramatic breeding year in the North Atlantic. Produced by Scotland’s Maramedia, Stormborn (w/t; 3 x 50 minutes) follows animals that survive on the northern edges of the Atlantic Ocean, and will have its broadcast […]

Smithsonian commissions Plimsoll for doc duo on heels of Brazil launch

Smithsonian Channel has commissioned a pair of programmes from Plimsoll Productions focused on South American flora and fauna. The US cable channel has ordered Jaguarland (1 x 60 minutes) and Brazil’s Emerald Oasis (1 x 60 minutes) – both of which document the animals and landscape of the Pantanal, a natural region encompassing the world’s […]

Rare TV scores engineering six-parter for Smithsonian

Smithsonian Channel has commissioned UK producer Rare TV for a six-part series exploring the innovations that changed the world. Inside Mighty Machines is hosted by ex-NASA jet engineer Chad Zdenek and examines the engineering principles that make machines such as a 747 jumbo jet or a North Sea oil rig run. Along the way, Zdenek […]

Warrior Women invades Smithsonian, Euro nets

US-based Smithsonian Networks and German pubcaster ZDF have signed on as coproducers of a new big-budget history drama-documentary about elite female soldiers. Warrior Women films this month in Malta, Kazakhstan, west Africa, the US, Italy, France, Turkey, Austria and the UK, and will be delivered in 4K, HD and UHD formats in June 2017. It […]

New SVOD service plots two-year wildlife project

New 4K on-demand service Love Nature has partnered with UK factual indie Plimsoll Productions on a two-year natural history project that will yield 50 hours of original programming. Love Nature and its US counterpart, Smithsonian Earth, and Grant Mansfield’s Plimsoll will establish a production base in Africa, which will create wildlife and natural history under […]

Smithsonian aims for Survival in the Skies

US cable network Smithsonian Channel has commissioned three-part factual series Survival in the Skies, with UK indie Arrow Media attached to produce. The 3x60mins series will follow incredible breakthroughs in man’s quest to conquer the skies through the invention of the space suit, the ejector seat and the parachute. Smithsonian plans to air the show […]

Channel 4, Smithsonian prepare for Terror in the Skies

UK terrestrial Channel 4 and US net Smithsonian Channel have ordered local indie Arrow Media to produce a 4x60mins series about near-collisions in air travel. Terror in the Skies will launch on Channel 4 in June and Smithsonian later this year. It will use video and audio captured on passengers’ phones and camcorders to illustrate […]