Woodcut International Scores Deals for Fukushima Nature Doc


Woodcut International has inked sales in the U.S., Southeast Asia, the U.K., Ireland and Australia for Fukushima: Nature in the Danger Zone.

In the one-hour special, a team of scientists returns to the hazardous nuclear zone in Fukushima, caused by a 15-meter tsunami in 2011, and examine how certain animals have not just survived but thrived. Discovery in the U.S. and Southeast Asia, TG4 in Ireland, UKTV in the U.K. and SBS in Australia have picked up the documentary.

Fukushima: Nature in the Danger Zone was produced by Paul Wooding, managing director of Woodcut West.

Koulla Anastasi, commercial director at Woodcut International, said: “Our natural world always reminds us of its unpredictability, and the devastating 2011 tsunami was no exception. But despite the horrific destruction that took place, mother nature and wildlife always seem to find an incredible way to fight back. We are so pleased these high-profile broadcasters have acquired this unique special and look forward to further announcements over the coming months.”

Wooding added: “We were privileged to be allowed into the only place on earth we can study the effects of radiation on primates, and it was remarkable to see how a whole new ecosystem had developed. We witnessed some creatures having more damage from the radiation, whilst others were doing better than ever. Filming in the exclusion zone was an eerie experience, and you constantly had to check your Geiger counter for radiation levels, but it was definitely worth it to capture some amazing footage.”