Penguin to publish companion book to Netflix documentary series Our Planet

By A Correspondent

New Delhi: On 2nd April 2019, Transworld (An Imprint of Penguin Random House) will publish Our Planet, by Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey with Fred Pearce. This will be the companion book to the upcoming Netflix original documentary series Our Planet from Silverback Films and in collaboration with WWF.

Voiced by Sir David Attenborough, the eight-part series will premiere on Netflix in April 2019 and will showcase the planet’s most precious species and fragile habitats, revealing amazing sights on Earth in ways they’ve never been seen using the latest in 4k camera technology.

Our Planet will take us on a journey across the globe’s different biological realms to present stunning visuals of nature’s most intriguing animals in action, and environmental change on a scale that must be seen to be believed.

Featuring some of the world’s rarest creatures and previously unseen parts of the Earth, the series will focus on the breadth of the diversity of habitats around the world, from the remote Arctic wilderness and mysterious deep oceans to the vast landscapes of Africa and diverse jungles of South America.  Revealing the most amazing sights on Earth, alongside stories of the ways humans are affecting the world’s ecosystems, this book is at the forefront of a global conversation as we work together to protect and preserve our planet.

Susanna Wadeson, Transworld Publishing Director and Head of Non-Fiction acquired world rights from Julian Alexander at LAW Literary Agency, representing Silverback Films. Our Planet will be published globally in English and in ten other languages. She says: ‘The scale of this project – its ambition, the breath-taking footage and of course the critically important message – is awe-inspiring. I am so proud that the Our Planet book both represents the series and goes beyond it, expanding on remarkable stories and bringing a depth of information that is impossible on screen. It is also the most beautiful book I have ever worked on.’

Alastair Fothergill, Director, Silverback Films says: “We are delighted that this lavishly illustrated book is at the heart of the massively ambitious Our Planet project. It captures in one concise narrative the key message that what we do in the next twenty years will determine the future of not just the natural world but humanity itself.”

About the authors

In his almost thirty-year tenure at the BBC Natural History Unit, Alastair Fothergill was responsible for the landmark series The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, and Frozen Planet, among a range of productions. Since 2006, he has also worked for Disney, directing six wildlife movies for its Disneynature label. In 2012, he set up Silverback Films with Keith Scholey, which produced The Hunt series for the BBC and Our Planet for Netflix, the first natural history Netflix original documentary series. This book is Fothergill’s fifth. A fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and recipient of its gold medal, he also has honorary doctorates from the universities of Durham, Hull, York St. John, and Bristol. He lives in Bristol with his wife, two sons, and two Jack Russell terriers.

Raised in East Africa, Keith Scholey studied zoology at the University of Bristol, gaining both a BSc and PhD. In 1982, he joined the BBC Natural History Unit as a researcher on the David Attenborough series The Living Planet. Later he became a producer and then series producer, running series including Prisoners of the Sun, Wildlife on One, and the Wildlife Specials and creating and producing Big Cat Diary. In 1998, he became head of the BBC Natural History Unit and subsequently controller of all BBC Factual Productions. He is now is the joint director of Silverback Films, based in Bristol, where he has directed and produced three Disney nature feature films–African Cats, Bears, and Dolphin Reef–and been responsible for the Discovery series North America and Deadly Islands and the Netflix original documentary series Our Planet.

An author and journalist based in London, Fred Pearce is a former news editor of New Scientist magazine, and he has been its environment consultant since 1992, reporting from eighty-seven countries. He also writes regularly for the Yale Environment 360 and the Guardian, as well as other UK newspapers. He won a lifetime achievement award for his journalism from the Association of British Science Writers in 2011 and was voted UK Environment Journalist of the Year in 2001. His recent books include Fallout, The New Wild, When the Rivers Run Dry, Earth: Then and Now, and Confessions of an Eco Sinner, which have been translated into twenty-four languages.

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