Production and distribution group Fremantle has picked up the worldwide sales rights to a natural history documentary produced for Japanese pubcaster NHK by UK indie Icon Films. Okavango – A Flood of Life is a blue-chip natural history film that explores the Okavango Delta in Africa.
Commissioned by NHK last year, the doc 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 will be distributed worldwide by Fremantle excluding Japan, where NHK holds 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. “Fremantle has 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.”