Okavango – A Flood of Life distribution deal

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Fremantle has partnered with leading UK independent production company Icon Films, to distribute a landmark documentary film, Okavango – A Flood of Life worldwide.

Told through the eyes of the region’s indigenous river people, Okavango – A Flood of Life is a breath-taking, blue-chip natural history film that explores Africa’s greatest oasis, the Okavango Delta.

Commissioned by Japanese broadcaster NHK last year, Okavango – A Flood of Life sees veteran natural history filmmaker Brad Bestelink and his team at Natural History Film Unit use the latest technology to film a full seasonal cycle on the Delta. Originally filmed in full 8K, the documentary special reveals the extraordinary relationships that play out – both human and animal – in a magical kingdom where water changes everything.

Fremantle will be distributing Okavango – A Flood of Life worldwide, excluding Japan, where NHK have exclusive rights. The international version will be narrated by Game of Thrones and His Dark Materials actor Lucian Msamati.

Lucy Middelboe, Commercial Director at Icon Films, said: “This project has been a true collaboration of partners across continents and we are delighted to have Fremantle supporting distribution of Okavango – A Flood of Life. Fremantle have an impressive slate and vast experience of selling premium content internationally, which we believe will deliver great returns on our investment. We are in no doubt this film will surprise and delight audiences across the globe.”

Céire Clark, Senior Acquisitions Manager, International, Fremantle said: “It’s a joy to partner with Icon Films on Fremantle’s first blue chip natural history film for the international market. Okavango – A Flood of Life showcases the incredible wildlife and fascinating ecosystem surrounding the Okavango Delta, which will be sure to captivate global broadcasters with its stunning visuals and extraordinary storytelling.”

Icon Films is an award-winning production company with a reputation for originality, excellence and entertainment. Delivering high-end factual content for broadcasters around the world across a breadth of factual genres including natural history with programmes including Animal Planet US’ highest-ever rating series, River Monsters and the returning series Primal Survivor and Charles Dance-narrated Savage Kingdom.

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