The Age of Nature

3 x 54 min for PBS and BBC Studios (2020)

A new three part series ‘The Age of Nature’ for PBS and BBC Studios.
Brian’s passion project, the series will reveal how we're increasingly understanding how Nature works, what it gives us, what its limits are, and crucially, what we stand to lose without it. It couldn’t be more timely … ​​
New scientific insights, rarely seen before archive, inspirational contributors, and spectacular wildlife, the series will reveal Nature’s incredible powers as never before, and how the future lies in our hands.

Executive Producers: Brian Leith, Patrick Morris
Series devised by: Brian Leith, Pete Lown
Series Producer: Verity White
Producers: Pete Lown, Laura Flegg, Amy Young
Executive for PBS: Bill Gardner
BBC Studios: Patricia Fearnley, Amy Stone
Impact Producers: The Nature Conservancy

 

The Hidden Kingdoms of China

5 x 44 mins for Nat Geo Wild

The Hidden Kingdoms of China takes audiences on a privileged journey into the secret wilds of five very different worlds - the high mountains, tropical jungles, bamboo forests, great plains and seasonal forests.
The ‘star’ of each kingdom is a charismatic and iconic creature; the snow leopard, the elephant, the giant panda, the Tibetan fox and the golden snub-nosed monkey.
We share their adventures and meet the other animals that call their kingdom home.

Executive Producers: Brian Leith, Phil Chapman
Series devised by: Brian Leith, Phil Chapman, Ben Wallis
Producers: Emma Fraser, Patrick Morris, Jess Tombs, Ben Wallis
Executives for National Geographic: Janet Han Vissering, Ashley Hoppin

 

Expedition China

1 x 60 min for Disneynature/Netflix

A Netflix Special documentary for Disneynature; this film takes you to locations to some of the world's most intense, hard-to-reach environments in China, with the intrepid filmmakers of Disneynature's big-screen adventure Born in China.

Directed and Written By: Ben Wallis
Executive Producer: Brian Leith

 

Ghost of the Mountains

1 x 60 min for Disneynature/Netflix

In Spring 2014 the team from Brian Leith Productions set out on a “mission impossible” – to film a dramatic story of Snow Leopards in the wild for our film for Disneynature, Born in China. We were successful in capturing the best footage of snow leopards ever, and a wildlife first, to film snow leopard cubs in their natural environment… This film documents how against all the odds the team were able to reveal one of the last great secrets of the natural world. A feature length documentary for Disneynature to be shown on Netflix. A finalist at Jackson Hole film festival 2017.

Executive Producer : Brian Leith
Directed and written by : Ben Wallis

 

Born in China

Feature film for Disneynature

Disneynature's Born in China follows the adventures of three animal families. The majestic panda, the savvy golden monkey and the elusive snow leopard. It is the most ambitious Disneynature project to date, taking audiences on a grand journey into the wilds of China. Featuring stunning imagery, the film navigates the vast terrain—from the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest—on the wings of a red-crowned crane, showcasing remarkably intimate family moments captured on film for the first time ever. With a global release in both English and Mandarin and a finalist at Jackson Hole film festival.
www.nature.disney.com
 

Killer Whales - Fins of Change

1 x 53 min for Terramater

We follow the startling discovery of Orcas taking over as the ‘top predator’ in the Arctic – a role once occupied by polar bears. The film accompanies scientists on a summer trip deep into Arctic waters – to film new behaviours, to meet the Inuit and learn from their first-hand experiences, and to try and understand the impact orcas are having on Arctic wildlife. Tagging the orcas helps to interpret their comings and goings. With the help of the scientific findings, this film explores the fast-changing world of the Arctic. The team at Brian Leith Productions braved challenging conditions sailing in “uncharted waters” in the Canadian Arctic to follow the action.
www.terramater.at
 

Wild Canada - The Eternal Frontier

4 x 60 min for CBC

A dramatic four-part series about the wild animals, a dramatic wilderness – and mankind’s influence on it. Iconic wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery shot with ultra-high definition cameras captures sweeping panoramas and extraordinary close ups and behaviour.
From the spectacle of massive humpback whales feeding off the coast of Newfoundland to the ice-covered grizzly bears living near the Arctic Circle, to pronghorn antelope – the fastest hoofed animals on earth – racing across the prairies, the scope of this television series is unequalled. The stunning visuals are matched by the dramatic narrative, which tells the story of how humans have made their mark over the millennia in often surprising ways.
To acquire this title contact Sabine Holtzer at Terra Mater Factual Studios
www.terramater.at
 

Elsa - The Lioness that Changed the World

1 x 60 min for BBC

Elsa - The Lioness that Changed the World is also a drama-documentary that follows a rather different story: George and Joy Adamson’s attempt to rescue an orphaned lion cub and re-introduce her as a free-living lioness onto the African plains. This story ended in tragedy when first Elsa, and then both George and Joy, died in tragic circumstances. To this day returning captive lions to the wild is considered almost impossible, yet the book and film “Born Free” went on to inspire people all over the world to try and save both lions – as well as all the free-living wild animals of Africa.
 

Lobo – The Wolf that Changed America

1 x 60 min for BBC

Lobo – The Wolf that Changed America is a drama-documentary, the true story of naturalist and writer Ernest Seton Thompson who came to the American west in the 1890s to exterminate the ‘vermin’ wolves that were decimating the cattle of Montana. But he developed a respect and affection for one particular wolf and found he could not kill it - and the rest is history: his famous story ‘Lobo’ went on to influence an entire generation of young Americans, and helped inspire the growing conservation movement.