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Wildlife indie Freeborne Media is closing Wild Space Productions, the sub-label it set up in 2019 to produce blue-chip shows for Netflix.

Based in Bristol, Wild Space was created to deliver shows exclusively for the streamer, including Island of the Sea Wolves,  Surviving Paradise: a Family Tale and the Barack Obama-narrated Our Great National Parks. Three final Wild Space titles are due this year.

It housed several freelancers on fixed-term contracts and a handful of in-house staff.

Freeborne will continue to work with Netflix but the streamer has ended its first-look deal with exec James Honeyborne, who set up Wild Space.

Honeyborne said Freeborne is now “evolving to work with a wider range of partners on film and TV productions, as well as creating impact and educational content”.

As an indie, he said, Freeborne’s mission remains unchanged: “to produce powerful and impactful nature documentaries and to be an inspiring voice for nature in a fast-changing world”.


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