NBC has ordered epic 10-part global event series The New World from BBC Studios Natural History Unit. Set to air in 2024, The New World will scale across North America, Central America and South America to explore the vast landscapes, remote wilderness and mysterious creatures that inhabit the region.
“‘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 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.
Through its best-in-class filmmakers, industry-leading technology and innovation in storytelling, the four-year project will result in an unprecedented series that 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.
The New World is executive produced by renowned wildlife producer Mike Gunton (Life, Planet Earth II, and Dynasties) for BBC Studios Natural History Unit, the world’s largest production unit dedicated to wildlife filmmaking, in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio.