The limited series touches upon nature conservation. Spanning five continents, each episode tells the story of a national park through the lives of the animals that reside there. Obama ventures to “the waters of Monterey Bay, California, to the bright red soil of Kenya’s Tsavo National Park, the lush rainforests of Indonesia’s Gunung Leuser National Park, the majestic terrain of Chilean Patagonia, and more,” according to Netflix.
“Join me as we explore the wonders and secrets of some of the most extraordinary national parks on the planet,” Obama says in the series.
This series is a Wild Space production in association with Higher Ground Productions and Freeborne Media. Barack and Michelle Obama launched Higher Ground. Its productions include American Factory, Crip Camp and Becoming. Priya Swaminathan and Tonia Davis are among the Higher Ground programming executives.
Last year, Obama said Higher Ground was set up “to tell great stories.”
“From science fiction to the beauty of our natural world to the relationships that define us, Higher Ground continues to strive for fresh perspectives, compelling characters, and a healthy dose of inspiration,” he added. “We couldn’t be more proud to team up with the brilliant artists behind each of these stories. Each of them has something important to say.” ■
Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.
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