Friday, February 24, 2017

Discovery Asia preps “Frontier Borneo”

Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific is gearing up for the premiere of the 10-part blue chip natural history series Frontier Borneo.

Produced by Singapore-based Beach House Pictures and Kyanite TV, the series explores the rich biodiversity of the world’s third largest island while tracing a cast of characters attempting to protect and preserve the region.

Narrated by Luke Evans, the 10 x 30-minute docuseries utilized the latest in filmmaking technology—from aerial photography to underwater cameras—to capture never-before-seen images of Borneo, revealing the island’s landscape and the reality of frontier living.

Beach House and Kyanite partnered up with a wide range of local organizations, from the government-run Sabah Parks and Sarawak Forestry Department, to international research units and wildlife rescue centers.

The series is produced through the largest factual copro agreement between Singapore and Malaysia to date. Beach House collaborated with Malaysian content producer Kyanite TV, alongside Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, UKTV, Media Development Authority of Singapore and the National Film Development Corporation.

Chiara Bellati served as series showrunner for Beach House and Kyanite.

Frontier Borneo will premiere digitally tonight (Feb. 24) at 9 p.m. on Astro on the Go, four days prior to the launch on linear. The series will then debut across linear television across Discovery Channel in Asia-Pacific on Feb. 28 at 9:55 p.m.

It’s slated to debut via multi-channel broadcaster UKTV later this year before moving across several territories worldwide via distribution house TVF.

“We really wanted this series to paint the world’s third largest island in an entirely different light,” Bryan Seah, head of original content for Southeast Asia at Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific told realscreen.

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