Blue Planet II creator signs Netflix deal
Netflix steps up natural history programming with ex-BBC producer.
Blue Planet II creator James Honeyborne has signed a multiyear deal to make natural history and science programming with Netflix.
He recently left the BBC’s Natural History Unit to set up his own banner, Freeborne Media, with director Renee Godfrey.
At BBC he made more than 30 shows including Blue Planet II and Africa while Godfrey’s credits include Tribe and Human Planet.
“There is a pressing need to tell important, surprising and inspiring stories about our world,” Honeyborne said. He added that “working with Netflix means we can create game-changing documentaries that can reach and engage a huge global audience.”
“James has created some of the most captivating natural history series of our time, with breathtaking sweep and vision,” said Lisa Nishimura, vice president of documentaries and comedy at Netflix. “I am thrilled that he will be working with us at Netflix, bringing his unique exploration of the wonders of the natural world to our viewers.”
Netflix has already greenlit Our Planet, a huge-scale eight-part wildlife series voiced by Sir David Attenborough.