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Talesmith and Cineflix co-produce myth-busting documentary Rediscovering T-Rex for international broadcasters BBC, CBC, and France Télévisions

September 25, 2017

Talesmith, the high-end factual production company, and leading content creator and producer Cineflix, have been jointly commissioned by the BBC in association with CBC and France Télévisions (France 5) to co-produce Rediscovering T-Rex, a documentary special exposing the myths surrounding the most infamous predator to have ever walked the earth, Tyrannosaurus Rex. 

Cineflix Rights, the sales and distribution division of Cineflix Media Inc., has the exclusive global rights to Rediscovering T-Rex and will be launching the co-production to international buyers at MIPCOM 2017.

The one-hour documentary reveals the inaccuracies and misrepresentations fuelled by films and gaps in our scientific understanding. Travelling the globe to hear from international experts, the program uncovers ground-breaking insights into not only what T-Rex looked like but also its behaviour – exposing the real beast behind the myth. With both a new understanding of palaeontology and zoology, and trailblazing technology, Rediscovering T-Rex will then attempt to create the most accurate CGI representation of the Tyrannosaurus Rex ever produced.

To bring T-Rex to life, the documentary also has access to ‘Tristan’, one of the most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex fossils in the world; as well as the latest scientific research to help reconstruct the brain, voice, and the full force of its bone-crushing jaws.

Martin Williams, Executive Producer, Talesmith said: “At Talesmith, we’re all about forging new perspectives, big ideas and big characters, and the ambition of this film says it all. There really aren’t any bigger characters or stories than the most famous predator on earth - and we’re taking on Hollywood with our own, true portrayal of this magnificent animal.”

André Barro, Executive Producer, Cineflix said: “Rediscovering T-Rex is a great example of what Cineflix can bring to our co-production partners. Our expertise and resources offer partners an innovative and producer-friendly platform to create outstanding content for the global market. I’m thrilled to be collaborating with the creative team at Talesmith on this hugely exciting project.” 

Chris Bonney, CEO, Rights, Cineflix Media added: “Rediscovering T-Rex is the type of informative, high quality content from blue chip creatives which works across multiple territories. We already have a lot of interest from buyers and it looks like it will be one of our most in-demand titles at MIPCOM.” 

Rediscovering T-Rex is produced by Ruth Roberts and directed by Mark Everest (Torchwood and Silent Witness). Executive producers are Martin Williams for Talesmith and André Barro for Cineflix.  The BBC version is presented by renowned naturalist, life-long T-Rex enthusiast Chris Packham; award-winning scientist, environmentalist, and broadcaster David Suzuki presents for CBC. The France Télévisions (France 5) and International versions are presenter-less. The commissioning French-language broadcaster in Canada is Canal D.

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About Talesmith
Talesmith specialise in ambitious, high-end natural history, science and factual content for broadcast, digital, VR and giant screen. The company was founded by four time Emmy winning director Martin Williams who is best known for his pioneering 3D and natural history documentaries with David Attenborough. Williams has won and been nominated for multiple BAFTAs, EMMYS, RTS awards, Griersons, International 3D Society Awards, Broadcast Pandas and a AAAS Science Journalism award. Talesmith’s credits include Monkeys: An Amazing Animal Family, Flyspy VR, Hold the World with David Attenborough VR, and Flying Over Changbaishan 4D.

About Cineflix Media Inc.
Cineflix Media creates, produces, and distributes popular factual and scripted content for the global market with operations in Montreal, Toronto, New York, London, and Dublin.  Producing approximately 200 hours of network-defining programming per year across a wide range of genres, and with a growing catalogue of 4,500 hours, Cineflix is behind some of TV’s most highly-rated brands.

About Cineflix Rights
Cineflix Rights, a division of Cineflix Media Inc., is one of the UK’s largest independent TV content distributors with a growing catalogue of 4,500 hours of bold and innovative content from some of the world’s most creative producers. Our diversified factual and scripted programs cover a wide range of genres including crime & investigation, documentaries & specials, history, factual entertainment, lifestyle, reality, science & technology, wildlife & natural history, as well as formats.  Founded in 2002 and headquartered in London, Cineflix Rights has sales teams in the UK and North America.

For further information, please contact:

Anoushka Awad, Franklin Rae (for Talesmith TV)
anoushka@franklinrae.com / +44 (0) 203 0111

Mark Ogle, OH Communications (for Cineflix)
mark@ohcommuniations.co.uk  / +44 (0) 7789 981 561