BBC Worldwide to partner with Deeble & Stone on its third feature film

BBC Worldwide has joined forces with multi-award-winning independent wildlife filmmakers, Mark Deeble & Victoria Stone to co-produce its third wildlife feature film, Distant Thunder.
Combining Deeble & Stone’s incomparable storytelling, their eye for the extraordinary and the very latest in cinematic technical innovation, Distant Thunder promises a natural history epic of incredible scale taking audiences on a journey of courage, loss, beauty, risk and hope that reveals the emotional intelligence of the African elephant in a way that has never been seen before.
Wayne Garvie, Director of Content & Production at BBC Worldwide says: “Deeble & Stone are amongst the most respected wildlife production partnerships of their generation. The quality of their work, the stories they tell and the pure passion they have for what they do has won them countless awards and respect within the film-making industry. I’m thrilled that Mark and Vicky will be working with BBC Worldwide on its third feature film.”
Mark Deeble and Vicky Stone say: “We are delighted to be working with BBC Worldwide on a film of this scale and ambition. They offer the experience, integrity and a commitment to quality that will enable us to realize our vision.”
Distant Thunder will mark the third feature-length film to come from BBC Worldwide and the first to be made with an independent production company. Its first two forays into natural history films, Deep Blue, and earth have been made in conjunction with the BBC’s award-winning Natural History Unit. Deep Blue was a box office smash hit around the world, selling to 28 countries to date and generating 28m theatre tickets and US 72m in theatric revenue. It’s second movie, earth, is planned for worldwide release in Autumn 2007.
Deeble & Stone work together writing, directing and producing award-winning natural history films shot entirely on location, working out of remote bush camps. Their films, which include The Queen of Trees, Mzima and Devilfish, have achieved global recognition and over 100 international awards – including an Emmy, two Peabodys and many ‘Best of Festival’s’. Distant Thunder was developed with the support of the MEDIA Programme of the European Community.

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