U.K.-based Optomen Productions, an all3Media company, has entered into a co-production partnership with the National Wildlife Federation to create formats and docuseries about conservation.
The deal will see Optomen producing shows for a list of in-house U.S.-based talent from the National Wildlife Federation for international broadcasters and streaming platforms. Among the talent Optomen will produce for is naturalist and media personality David Mizejewski, who frequently appears as a wildlife expert on talk shows such as Today, The Wendy Williams Show, Conan and Ellen, and who co-hosted the Animal Planet series Backyard Habitat, as well as the Nat Geo WILD prime-time series Pet Talk.
The National Wildlife Federation team will work closely with Maria Silver, president of Optomen; George McTeague, senior VP of development; and Kristin Wendell, VP of development. The venture exemplifies Optomen’s commitment to exploring new partnerships and co-production opportunities that allow them to work with producers and talent in the unscripted space.
Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest conservation organization, with 52 state and territorial affiliates and more than 6 million members.
“This partnership allows us the unique opportunity to tap into [the National Wildlife Federation’s] incredible talent pool and rich diversity of compelling and entertaining stories,” said Silver. “More importantly, we’re hopefully creating a larger platform for their ethos to continue making real change for America’s conservation effort.”
“Sharing the engaging stories of the people leading today’s conservation movement is key to inspiring people across the country to act on behalf of wildlife,” said Dawn Rodney, VP of innovation and chief marketing officer for the National Wildlife Federation. “We’re delighted to partner with Optomen, to help us unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in a rapidly changing world.”