Love Nature greenlights buzzy new doc

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A Bee's Diary will be shopped at next month's MIPCOM before premiering on Love Nature's linear and streaming platforms this fall.

Blue Ant Media’s Love Nature has commissioned a new feature documentary from German prodco Taglicht Media.

A Bee’s Diary, a 90-minute film which follows two honeybees from birth to death, is produced by Taglicht Media in association with CBC and WDR Germany. It will premiere on Love Nature’s global linear and streaming platforms this fall, followed by a U.S. premiere on the Smithsonian Channel and a U.K. premiere on Sky Nature.

The doc is written, directed and produced by Dennis Wells, with Niobe Thomson serving as producer. Executive producers are Love Nature’s James Manfull, Smithsonian Channel’s Tria Thalman and David Royle, and Taglicht’s Berndt Wilting.

Production on A Bee’s Diary, which took place in Germany over two years, recently wrapped. Wells used 4K technology to make the film as well as proprietary macro-imaging technology and CGI to create the doc, with images accompanied by first-person narration.

“Love Nature is always looking for ways we can bring captivating stories and compelling, strong wildlife characters to our audience, creating a meaningful and heartfelt connection between them and the natural world,” said Carlyn Staudt, global general manager, Love Nature. “With Taglicht Media’s innovative technology and filmmaking prowess, A Bee’s Diary unpacks the lived experience and life’s work of these tiny superheroes, a species that has fascinated humans for centuries.”

A 50-minute version of the documentary was released by CBC this summer through its long-running docuseries The Nature of Things.

Blue Ant International oversees global licensing for A Bee’s Diary, excluding Canada and Germany, and will premiere the film at MIPCOM next month. The doc received financial support from Filmstiftung NRW, DFFF, the Canada Media Fund and Alberta Film.