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Oxford Scientific Films and Terra Mater Factual Studios explore Wild Korea
from OSF
6 February 2018

Wild Korea - Dinosaur Ridge
Wild Korea - Dinosaur Ridge

Following on from the success of major international series Richard Hammond’s Miracles of Nature, Wild Weather with Richard Hammond and Secrets of the Stonehenge Skeletons, Terra Mater Factual Studios (TMFS) and Oxford Scientific Films (OSF) have joined forces once again to co-produce, Wild Korea (2 x 1 hrs) a landmark series on the natural history of South Korea in association with Buzz, CJ E&M and the BBC.

For the past 60 years, aggression between North and South has defined Korea yet little is known about its wilderness areas where traditional relationships between man and nature thrive and remarkable creatures exist in abundance.

Wild Korea - Dinosaur Ridge
Wild Korea - Dinosaur Ridge

From the jagged mountains of the east to the vast estuarine mudflats of the south and west Wild Korea explores the rich and varied wildlife habitats of this mysterious peninsular. Most astonishingly of all the series lifts the lid on the haven that exists inside the demilitarised zone, the heavily fortified area between North and South where humans fear to tread but where wildlife threatened elsewhere in the country has forged a remarkable comeback.

Wild Korea is scheduled for delivery in January 2018 making the series available in time for the Winter Olympics which are being held in Seoul. The BBC has taken a 1 hr version South Korea: Earth’s Hidden Wilderness which they are due to transmit on 11th February at 8pm on BBC2.

Wild Korea - Dinosaur Ridge
Wild Korea - Dinosaur Ridge

Clare Birks, CEO, Oxford Scientific Films said “We’re delighted to be working with Terra Mater again on such an ambitious and prestigious series which we are co-producing with our Korean partners”.

Caroline Hawkins, Creative Director, Oxford Scientific Films said ”We have been given a unique opportunity to show nature’s incredible resilience in a country that is unfamiliar to most of us yet is rich in wonderful wildlife.”

Sabine Holzer, Head of TV, Terra Mater Factual Studios adds “We are very excited about these truly unique films about a region few of us would think of in terms of Natural History. This is a perfect match for Terra Mater’s documentary programme portfolio where we continue to combine fresh storytelling and outstanding visuals.”

Wild Korea - Jinan
Wild Korea - Jinan

The films were ordered by Sabine Holzer for TMFS and CS Lee for Buzz and Jae Hyuk Lee for CJ E&M. The Director is James Reed (Jago: A Life Underwater, Rise of the Warrior Apes). The Executive Producers are Caroline Hawkins for OSF, Martin Meszaros and Sabine Holzer for TMFS, CS Lee for Buzz and Jae Hyuk Lee for CJ E&M.

Worldwide sales are being handled by Terra Mater Factual Studios.

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Oxford Scientific Films

About Oxford Scientific Films

Oxford Scientific Films is a BAFTA and Emmy-award-winning producer of contemporary factual, natural history, science and history. We are known for outstanding and innovative programmes that rate. We have a passion for storytelling and we are proud of the company’s heritage as a technological pioneer. Oxford Scientific Films supplies high-end factual programming to broadcasters in the UK and North America. Oxford Scientific Films is part of the Boom Cymru Group, an ITV Studios company. www.oxfordscientificfilms.tv

Terra Mater Factual Studios

About Terra Mater Factual Studios
Terra Mater Factual Studios’ (TMFS) commitment to the highest production values results in premium factual programming for TV and theatrical release. Our core genres are wildlife and nature, science and history presented in blue-chip primetime series and specials. TMFS collaborates with the best producers, cameramen and directors worldwide and uses the latest cutting-edge equipment to realise its cinematic dreams. The company is a subsidiary company of Red Bull and specialises in factual production and distribution for cinema, TV and multimedia platforms. www.terramater.at

Wild Korea - Raccon Dog
Wild Korea - Raccon Dog

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