Smithsonian Networks


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 […]

Plimsoll buys into Jackson’s Magnify

Entertainment and wildlife prodco Plimsoll Productions has taken a “substantial” minority stake in Andrea Jackson’s specialist distributor Magnify Media. The deal will see Magnify taking sole rights to distribute Plimsoll’s catalogue, and comes soon after Grant Mansfield’s Plimsoll revealed it was creating a distribution arm. Jackson (pictured), the former managing director of acquisitions and formats […]

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 […]

Nature-focused 4K SVOD service launches

A 4K subscription on-demand service that focuses exclusively on nature programming has gone live in 32 territories. Love Nature, which is from Blue Skye Entertainment, has debuted in territories such as the UK, Germany, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland. Platforms offering the 4K service include Amazon Fire TV, Nexus Player, Philips Android TV, Roku […]

Ex-WWE boss to run Smithsonian, Blue Ant 4K co

Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian Networks have teamed to launch Blue Skye Entertainment, a new UK-based company exclusively focused on 4K content. Canada-based Blue Ant, which runs specialty channels as well as producing and distributing non-fiction content, and the TV division of museum and research organisation Smithsonian, have appointed Jo Parkinson to run the new […]

Smithsonian latest to go SVOD route

Smithsonian Networks has become the latest American channel to launch its own subscription on-demand player. Smithsonian Earth will offer “spectacular original nature and wildlife content” initially via the web and on Apple TV and Roku devices for a monthly US$3.99. After a period of resistance to direct-to-consumer offers, many US networks are now launching their […]