Animal Planet picks up Cycle of Life

Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet has picked up rights to the series, produced by Dubai-based Ocean World Productions (OWP), and is set to air it soon in Japan.

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By  David Ingham Published  August 30, 2006

Arabia’s Cycle of Life, a regional production that documents Arabian natural history, is attracting international attention. Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet has picked up rights to the series, produced by Dubai-based Ocean World Productions (OWP), and is set to air it soon in Japan. OWP is also signing agreements with Singapore and Australia-based Sunrise Ltd. to distribute Arabia’s Cycle of Life and all future OWP productions in the Australasia region. A similar deal is set to be signed with Belgian group UNICAP for European distribution of all Ocean World projects, including Arabia’s Cycle of Life and a new series entitled ‘Arabia’s Underwater World.’ “I feel this is a step forward for all regional film makers,” said Jonathan Ali Khan, managing director of Ocean World Productions (OWP). “We have shown international broadcasters that this region is capable of making international class productions featuring Arab world subjects.” The first series of Cycle of Life comprised twelve 26 minute programmes and was one of the first natural history documentaries to focus on Arabian wildlife. The series was aired regionally on Al Arabiya (in Arabic) and on Showtime’s TV Land (in English) last year. Following its success, OWP is now set to go into production on the second series, which will again be sponsored by Jeep. “This time, our expedition starts with a return visit to Oman to the remote Hallaniyat Islands in the Southern Dhofar region,” said Khan. “Here we will attempt to get closer to the various whale species that frequent these waters. Diving and exploring the Dhofar coast, we will film new species of marine life that have never been filmed before.” One of the highlights of the second series will be an attempt to film the Arabian Leopard in Yemen. The team will also visit the Island of Socotra, whose isolation has given it a wealth of unique species. The series will be filmed in HD in both HDCAM and HDV formats.

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