Netflix orders Plimsoll wildlife series

November, 19 |

Netflix orders Plimsoll wildlife series Bristol indie to create ‘cinematic’ docs with new filming technology

Hostile Planet: Plimsoll Productions makes Nat Geo series

Netflix has commissioned a blue-chip series from Bristol-based Plimsoll Productions as it continues its push into high-end natural history programming, Broadcast can reveal.

Night on Earth will explore the nocturnal world, giving audiences a rarely documented insight into wildlife activities at night, often a period time when animals are at their most active.

Broadcast understands Plimsoll will employ new and ground-breaking technology to create a “cinematic series”, according to a source, which will highlight these nocturnal wonders and provide a front seat point-of-view from dusk to dawn.

Plimsoll is understood to have been developing Night on Earth for several months, but only recently received the greenlight. Although episode numbers are under wraps, Broadcast understands they will be hour-long.

It is the latest Netflix natural history commission in the UK, coming on the heels of Life in Colour, a BBC and Channel Nine co-production that Bristol’s Humble Bee Films and Australia’s Sealight Pictures are making. The SVoD’s first major foray into the genre was Silverback Films’ David Attenborough-narrated eight-parter Our Planet.

For Plimsoll, the order comes off the back of recent ITV commission A Year on Planet Earth, which Plimsoll creative director and Planet Earth II showrunner Tom Hugh-Jones and head of wildlife Martha Holmes are overseeing.

Night on Earth also marks the latest high-profile commission that the Hostile Planet producer has secured at one of the SVoD majors.

Earlier this year, the natural history specialist received an Apple TV+ order for Tiny World from Apple’s European content chief Jay Hunt as part of the former Channel 4 chief’s inaugural slate, as revealed by Broadcast.

The new Netflix commission closely follows Plimsoll securing a multimillion-pound investment from private equity firm LDC, valuing the company at around $105m (£85m).

Plimsoll declined to when approached by Broadcast about Night on Earth. Netflix hadn’t responded to approaches for comment at time of publication.

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