NHK and NHNZ greenlight blue chip series “Life Force II”

NHK and NHNZ today announced at MIPCOM the greenlight on a major blue-chip science/natural history series, Life Force II.

Life Force II builds on the worldwide success of Life Force I, a six part series co-produced by NHK, NHNZ, France Télévisions, Science Channel and Animal Planet and distributed by Off the Fence. Life Force I premiered in early 2011. The series was sold to territories throughout the world and earned high ratings and a stack of awards.

Life Force II is once again a global production, with the Science Channel, Discovery Network International and Arte partnering NHK and NHNZ in the production. Off the Fence will distribute the series.

Life Force II delves into the science and mystery of evolution and unravels the stories of how and why animals in six extraordinary environments evolved to be so strange and unique. Each program will transport us back in time to discover the very processes of evolution itself, showing the many exotic, strange, and amazing ways life mutates to adapt, survive and thrive.

NHK Executive Producer of Natural History Programs, Shin Murata, is excited to have a second Life Force series in production.

“We at NHK are thrilled to be able to work with our long-time friends at NHNZ once more,” he said.

“This will be the fourth time the two organizations do a true co-production in the sense that we both play a hands-on role in making the programs. And the participation of our other partners from all continents will enable us to use even newer camera technologies to reveal more of the mysteries of life and evolution on a global scale.”

NHNZ is a production house renowned for its ability to bring producers together from all over the world and Managing Director Michael Stedman is delighted to have a second series of Life Force moving into production.

“It is wonderful to be able to carry on with the momentum gained through the first Life Force series, and have the opportunity to work with the many talented people involved in this co-production.”

Like the first series, Life Force II will continue to set itself apart from traditional natural history shows by carefully crafting a blend of genres, combining exceptional wildlife photography by world-class crews with CGI, cinematic-style narratives and cutting-edge science to give viewers “evolutionary drama”.

The original production team will be joined by producer Lorne Townend, whose directing credits include the series How the Universe Works for Discovery US, Animals In the Womb: Dogs for Channel 4 and National Geographic and the long running Naked Science series, also for National Geographic. He most recently worked on Mankind: The Story of All of Us, a 12 part series for History Channel.

The regions that will feature in Life Force II are South West China, Borneo, South West Africa, Central America, India’s Western Ghats and Sri Lanka, and East Africa.

The production will be two years in the making, with delivery in mid-2014.

For more information contact:

Ryoichiro Toji & Haruyuki Ichinohashi, International Public Relations
Tel: +81-3-5455-2459


Neil Harraway, EVP Development and Marketing
Ph +64 21 368 462

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