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Netflix adopts ‘surprise drop’ strategy for docs, reality

Netflix is adopting a “surprise drop” strategy for its documentary and reality programming to compete with the raft of rivals launching into the SVoD space, research revealed today has shown. Just under 40% of documentaries and 64% of the streamer’s reality series were released less than two months after they were first announced, according to […]

Cracking down on co-productions

Alastair Fothergill, producer of Netflix’s Our Planet, has warned that SVOD players “will not consider co-productions” around natural history in the future as the digital giants look to plant their flags in the genre. Manori Ravindran reports The veteran natural history producer, who left the BBC’s Natural History Unit (NHU) in 2012 to set up […]

Netflix goes up against BBC with Attenborough-narrated series

Sir David Attenborough is embarking on his first Netflix original. The British presenter, who has historically worked with the BBC, is to narrate forthcoming Netflix doc series Our Planet, the long-simmering series from Planet Earth and Blue Planet director Alastair Fothergill’s Silverback Films, in collaboration with the WWF. The project was first announced in 2015 […]

Netflix, BBC in key Planet Earth streaming deal

Netflix’s push into natural history programming continues after the streaming service secured US rights for the BBC’s entire Planet Earth series. The deal with BBC Worldwide North America could soften the blow landed on the BBC when Netflix last week announced it was working on a 4K Planet Earth follow-up with the series’ producer, Silverback Films, […]

Netflix goes blue-chip with Planet Earth creators

Streaming service Netflix is going after the blue chip factual audience by commissioning a landmark 4K natural history series from the creators of the BBC hit Planet Earth. The subscription on-demand platform has partnered with wildlife organisation WWF and Alastair Fothergill’s Silverback Films on Our Planet, which will run to eight parts. Silverback previously produced […]