Sky 3D Announces Two New David Attenborough Projects

David Attenborough will return to Sky 3D with two new projects in last 2013 and early 2014.

SKY 3D has announced the continuation of its successful partnership with natural history broadcaster David Attenborough and Atlantic Productions, with the commission of two new projects; DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM ADVENTURE (W/T, 1x 90’) which will premiere on Sky 3D in December 2013; and an extraordinary newmini-series CONQUEST OF THE SKIES (W/T, 2x 90’) topremiere in 2014.

Both projects will be written and presented by David Attenborough and produced by Colossus Productions, a partnership set up between Sky 3D and Atlantic Productions to develop original 3D programming for both UK and international audiences. The new shows will mark the sixth and seventh Attenborough programmes for Atlantic Productions and Sky 3D.

In DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM ADVENTURE (W/T), Britain’s best-loved broadcaster will explore the museum after hours, as his favourite ancient creatures come to life in a compelling tale of discovery, adventure and magic for broadcast on Sky 3D this Christmas.

Featuring ground-breaking 3D technology and spectacular CGI effects from the BAFTA® award-winning team behind FLYING MONSTERS 3D, DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM ADVENTURE (W/T) will offer viewers a unique opportunity to discover one of the world’s greatest natural history collection with David Attenborough’s extraordinary insight into how these ancient creatures once roamed the planet.

David Attenborough commented: “The Natural History Museum has always been a special place for me. I’m excited to make a filmusing new 3D technology which will take the viewer on a journey through one of my favourite museums and look at it – and its inhabitants – in ways never seen before”.

Dr Michael Dixon, Director of the Natural History Museum, commented: “Sharing the wonders of our world-class collections and our scientific expertise is at the heart of what we do at the Natural History Museum. This collaboration gives a fresh take on some of the fascinating inhabitants of the collections, which I hope will inspire and surprise viewers.”

Details on the second commission, due for broadcast in late 2014, will be announced in due course. The commissioning of these two new project marks the continuation of the successful partnership between David Attenborough and Colossus Productions which has to date produced the BAFTA®, Wildscreen Panda and Jackson Hole Award-winning FLYING MONSTERS 3D, THE BACHELOR KING 3D, the BAFTA® Craft Award-nominated KINGDOM OF PLANTS 3D, GALAPAGOS 3D and the soon to premiere MICRO MONSTERS 3D mini-series.

Sky’s Director of 3D John Cassy commented: “With a long-term commitment to developing innovative, original 3D programming, we’re thrilled to announce the continuation of the successful partnership between Colossus Productions and David Attenborough and our next two projects. Once again we’ll combine David’smaster storytelling with fascinating subject matter and ground-breaking 3D and CGI techniques to deliver the spectacular, immersive viewing experiences we know our customers love.”

Anthony Geffen, Executive Producer and CEO of Atlantic Productions and Creative Director of Colossus Productions adds:“We’re delighted to continue our very exciting creative collaboration with Sky3D and David Attenborough. David is very excited about both these projects, because they will allow us to push the boundaries in terms of 3D in terms of story-telling and technology.”

Commissioned by Celia Taylor, Sky’s Head of Factual and Features, these two new projects form part of Sky’s commitment to increase its investment in original British content by 50% over the next three years. By 2014, Sky expects to invest £600million a year in British programmes across its portfolio of channels.

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