Blue Planet II creator James Honeyborne signs multi-year deal with Netflix
Netflix is going big on natural history documentaries, and James Honeyborne will be heavily involved. Honeyborne, who created Blue Planet II, has signed a lucrative multi-year deal with the streaming platform, as reported by Deadline.
Blue Planet II premiered on the platform in December of last year, and now Honeyborne will continue to work with them and produce nature and science series via his production company, Freeborne Media.
“Freeborne is excited to be working with Netflix and for the new creative opportunities that will arise from our partnership. Today, wildlife and wild places are facing unprecedented challenges. There is a pressing need to tell important, surprising and inspiring stories about our world. Working with Netflix means we can create game-changing documentaries that can reach and engage a huge global audience,” said Honeyborne.
Previously, Honeyborne was part of the BBC’s Natural History Unit, which he left last month to start Freeborne Media. It’s a move that seems to have paid off.
“James has created some of the most captivating natural history series of our time, with breathtaking sweep and vision,” said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix VP of Documentaries and Comedy. “I am thrilled that he will be working with us at Netflix, bringing his unique exploration of the wonders of the natural world to our viewers.”
In addition to working with Freeborne Media, Netflix is also launching another big-budget entry, Our Planet, from the creators of Planet Earth.