WildBear Entertainment

Entertainment One to shop Australian true crime docuseries ‘The Black Hand’

Entertainment One (eOne) has secured the international distribution rights (excluding Australia and Scandinavia) to true crime docuseries The Black Hand.  Originally produced by Wildbear Entertainment for ABC in Australia, the three-part series follows actor Anthony LaPaglia (Without A Trace) as he unravels an era of extortion, arson, kidnap, mayhem and murder by The Black Hand, […]

ZDF, Arte, Sky & KBS snag shows from Australia’s WildBear Entertainment

Germany’s ZDF, Arte in France, European operator Sky and KBS in South Korea are among a raft of companies to have picked up shows from WildBear International, the distribution arm of Australia’s WildBear Entertainment. Extreme Snakes (2 x 60 minutes), which explores the innovative and highly flexible ways snakes survive in the extreme environments of […]

Love Nature to debut ‘Wildlife ER’ on FAST & pay-TV, orders second season

Blue Ant Media’s wildlife and nature brand Love Nature will debut its upcoming original series Wildlife ER across its global linear pay-TV channels and US FAST platforms simultaneously. The 6 x 60-minute series, which was announced in October, will become the first Love Nature original production to premiere in the FAST space on 14 January […]

WBD UK & Benelux, 7Mate among deals struck for ‘Gem Hunters’

Seven Network’s 7Mate in Australia is among a raft of buyers to have struck pre-sale deals for Gem Hunters Down Under. The show, sold by Wild Thring Media, is an obs doc series about a unique and adventurous band of miners. It is produced by WildBear Entertainment and has also been acquired by Warner Bros. Discovery […]

Australia’s WildBear launches distribution arm & names Europe team

Australian factual producer WildBear Entertainment has launched a new distribution division designed to assist with financing its shows. WildBear International will be headed by the parent company’s CEO Michael Tear from Canberra, with a start-up sales team based in Europe comprising Edwina Thring and Margaret Yoshida of Wild Thring Media, WildBear’s long-term co-production and pre-sales […]

Factual round-up: BBC heads ‘Inside Dubai’; ‘The Beatles And India’ goes global; Netflix acquires Peter Tatchell doc for Oz & NZ

BBC heads ‘Inside Dubai’ UK pubcaster the BBC has commissioned Inside Dubai: Playground Of The Rich, a new three-part factual series from Spun Gold TV, for its BBC2 channel. The 3 x 60-minute series goes behind the scenes of the fast-growing city which now counts 52,000 millionaires and billionaires among its three million inhabitants.  A tax […]

Wildbear & ZDFE start production on Japanese WW2 docuseries

Australia’s Wildbear Entertainment has started production on a four-part docuseries that claims to be the first international series to explore the Second World War from Japan’s perspective. Inside Japan’s War (4 x 60 minutes) will begin at the start of Hirohito’s rule in the mid-1920s and takes viewers through to the end of the Second […]

Oz’s Wildbear Entertainment opens NZ office; appoints NHNZ’s Craig Meade to lead

Australian factual prodco Wildbear Entertainment has expanded its operation by launching a New Zealand office, headed up by Criag Meade as general manager. Dunedin-based Wildbear Aotearoa is the company’s first office outside of Australia, with executive producer, director and writer Meade joining the new outfit from NHNZ, where he served as head of production with […]

Wildbear Entertainment hires BBC & Nat Geo alum Dr Chadden Hunter

Australian factual firm WildBear Entertainment has hired former BBC and Nat Geo director Dr Chadden Hunter as an executive producer. Hunter previously worked for the BBC’s Natural History Unit and was most recently a producer, director and writer on its blue chip series Seven Worlds, One Planet and Planet Earth 2. He has also been […]

BBC Scotland orders ‘fish-out-of-water’ Oz vet series

BBC Scotland has commissioned a new obs-doc series from Australian factual prodco WildBear Entertainment, following a pair of Scottish vets working to help animals in Oz. The 12 x 30-minute series Scottish Vets Down Under centres on Dr Chris Allison and Dr Mike Whiteford, who have travelled to the bushlands of Bendigo in the Australian […]