Non-fiction streaming service CuriosityStream has teamed with European cultural broadcaster Arte to commission a new science feature film and TV series “The Living Universe.”
The project is a co-production between Australian independent production company Essential Media and Entertainment and French producer and distributor ZED.
Set in the past, present and future, “The Living Universe” will chronicle humanity’s interstellar search for new life forms in the distant reaches of our ever-expanding galaxy.
Budgeted at $5 million and shot in 4K in various locales around the globe, “The Living Universe” project will feature a 90-minute documentary and four 60-minute TV episodes inspired and informed by top scientists and engineers. It will be directed and hostd by scientist and filmmaker Dr. Richard Smith (“Australia: The Time Traveler’s Guide,” “A Traveler’s Guide to the Planets”). A French version will be co-directed by Vincent Amouroux (“Species of Mass Destruction,” “Darwin 2.0”).
The deal will have ZED taking the international distribution rights, while co-producer Arte gets the TV broadcast rights for France and Germany and Curiosity Stream gets the streaming rights in the U.S. and theCaribbean.
“The Living Universe” will be executive produced by Essential Media’s Chris Hilton and Alan Erson, along with ZED’s Christine Le Goff.
Launched in March 2015 by John Hendricks, who founded The Discovery Channel back in 1985, CuriosityStream is an SVOD service offering a thousand-plus title catalog of programming covering such topics as science, nature, history and the arts. It features original series including “A Curious World,” “Destination: Pluto” and “Curious Minds,” as well exclusive series such as “The Nano Revolution,” “Cosmic Front,” “Age of Robots,” “Tales of Nature,” “Quarx” and “Behind the Artist.”