NHNZ, PBS, ZDF, and ZDF Enterprises announce today that actor and producer, Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii Five-0, Lost, 3AD Productions) is set to narrate the upcoming blue-chip series Big Pacific. The series is to be featured at a preview screening during MIPDOC in Cannes this weekend and will have its television premiere on PBS stations this summer.
Two years in the making, Big Pacific breaks boundaries between land and sea to capture the most guarded secrets of the world’s biggest ocean.
Daniel Dae Kim remarks: “Living in Hawai`i, the Pacific Ocean is my backyard, so I’m excited to help tell the story of this magnificent body of water, especially in a way that highlights global environmental stewardship and harmony with nature."
NHNZ Managing Director and Big Pacific Executive Producer Kyle Murdoch says: “Big Pacific is our most significant co-production to date and brings together partners from around the world. We are thrilled to be working with trusted partners CCTV9 and PBS. When we were looking for a narrator for the series it was important for all of us to find someone who was close to the Pacific and understood its power and mystique; Daniel is a natural fit.”
Fred Burcksen, ZDF Enterprises’ Executive Vice President and COO adds: “We are very excited to be on board and are certainly as passionate about this project as the entire production team. Big Pacific will be a great addition to our catalogue, especially with a talented narrator like Daniel Dae Kim bringing the story to life.”
“PBS is the destination for fascinating and comprehensive science and nature programming year-round and we are excited to share Big Pacific with audiences this summer,” said Pamela Aguilar, Senior Director of Programming & Development for PBS. “With the Pacific Ocean as his backyard, Daniel Dae Kim is uniquely positioned to help tell the stories of the ocean’s rarest and most dazzling creatures.”
Over four cinematic episodes, Big Pacific moves throughout the Pacific Ocean to present a broad range of locations, species, natural phenomena and behaviours. Each episode focuses an iconic characteristic of the Pacific: Passionate, Voracious, Violent, and Mysterious, to weave stories from across the Pacific that illustrate the multi-faceted character of this ocean.
Big Pacific will engage its audience with immersive storytelling, the latest science and an original musical score. Filmed across 25 countries, Big Pacific will feature the Pacific Ocean’s most iconic creatures, including the massive blue whale; intrepid salt water crocodiles; coast surfing sea otters; enigmatic clownfish colonies; insatiable red sea urchins; and the prehistoric chambered nautilus.
Big Pacific, a 4x60’ plus ‘Making Of’, is made by NHNZ, co-produced with PBS and CCTV9 in association with ZDF, ZDF Enterprises and ARTE France. Distributor ZDF Enterprises will be launching Big Pacific to international TV buyers at MIPDOC 2017 with a special preview screening on Saturday, 1st April at 6 pm in the JW Marriott Theatre, Cannes. Big Pacific will also feature at MIPTV 2017 in ZDF Enterprises’ UHD Panel on Tuesday, 4th April, 10:15 am to 11:15 am, Sony 4K Ultra HD Theatre, Palais des Festivals, Palais 4, Cannes