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Smithsonian Channel Greenlights Migrating to Mexico


Following Smithsonian Channel’s launch in Latin America, production has begun on the blue-chip natural-history title Migrating to Mexico.

Migrating to Mexico will highlight wildlife in the country and is slated to premiere in the U.S. and Latin America next year. It will be filmed in ultra HD and will examine Mexico’s reefs, jungles, mountains, deserts and the open ocean. It is being co-produced for Smithsonian Channel by Earth Touch USA, Oscura Productions Mexico and the Mexican film funding program EFICINE, supported by FEMSA. Earth Touch will handle the international distribution of the film.

“We are committed to producing quality programming about the region, and to working with Latin American filmmakers,” said David Royle, the executive VP and chief programming officer for Smithsonian Channel, “We are delighted to be working with such an exceptional international team.”

“We plan to show the natural wonders of Mexico as never before,” said Phil Fairclough, executive producer for Earth Touch. “Many people know Mexico as a vacation destination, but don’t think of it as a remarkable wildlife hot spot. We are excited to reveal Mexico’s dazzling natural side.”

“We are delighted to have received such valuable access from our close cooperation with SEMARNAT and CONANP and vital funding support from FEMSA through EFICINE here in Mexico to make this prestigious film,” said Oscura Productions Mexico’s executive producer, Paula Arroio. “There’s a great deal of Mexican production talent, and we are thrilled to partner with Smithsonian Channel and Earth Touch to showcase their work and our incredible wildlife both around the world and now here in Mexico and Latin America with Smithsonian Channel’s new scope in the region.”

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