NBC Orders 10-Part Natural History Series ‘The New World’ From ‘Planet Earth II’ Producer

TCA 2020: Mike Gunton’s four-year project marks network’s first foray into natural history space — for a global audience, at least

Mike Gunton

NBC is embarking to “The New World,” a 10-part global event series from BBC Studios Natural History Unit set to air in 2024. The announcement was made during NBC’s presentation at the Television Critics Association press tour on Saturday.

The four-year project will marks the network’s first venture into the natural history space for a global audience. “The New World” is the first NBC commission for BBC Studios since it formed in 2017, and NBC has retained significant distribution rights globally and across platforms.

A logline for the upcoming series reads: “The premium landmark series will take viewers on an unforgettable journey across Earth’s only super-continent, which is home to the greatest variety of life on the planet, from the largest rainforests, tallest trees, oldest living beings and the most extreme elemental forces. From the creators of critically acclaimed and multi-Emmy Award-winning natural history series ‘Planet Earth II’ and ‘Blue Planet II,’ ‘The New World’ is a groundbreaking odyssey that will showcase the wonders, secrets and fragilities of the only landmass to have its head and toes in the poles and Earth’s largest landmass and reveal extraordinary, untold wildlife stories that deeply connect with millions around the world.”

“‘The New World’ is a massive piece of four-quadrant commercial entertainment that has the capacity to capture the curiosity and minds of millions,” said Paul Telegdy, chairman, NBC Entertainment. “I believe that great storytelling told on a broad scale has the power to produce wide-sweeping cultural change, and this project has all the makings to deliver on that potential.”

“The New World” is executive produced by renowned wildlife producer Mike Gunton (“Life,” “Planet Earth II,” “Dynasties”) for BBC Studios Natural History Unit, the world’s largest production unit dedicated to wildlife filmmaking, in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio.

The series will employ best-in-class filmmakers, industry-leading technology and innovation in storytelling.

Gunton is pictured above.