Realscreen: Pernel Media to produce “Butterflies: Superheroes of Nature” for ARTE

Pernel Media has been commissioned by France’s Arte G.E.I.E. to produce a new nature and science documentary miniseries and a blue-chip one-off about the extraordinary abilities of the butterfly.

Butterflies: Superheroes of Nature (3 x 52 min./1 x 52 min.) examines the insect’s incredible capabilities, including its ability to fly over thousands of miles, survive extreme environments, and change in shape and color. Butterflies can thrive in any ecosystem, from the hottest to the coldest, the driest to the wettest. They’re are also highly skilled at hiding from predators.

Using new technology, scientists will reveal butterflies’ “superpowers” and present the insects in a new light and in a fresh and accessible format. The series will be shot in South America, Northern and Southern Europe, and Africa.

Butterflies: Superheroes of Nature was commissioned by Christian Cools and Nadine Zwick for Arte G.E.I.E. Executive producers for Pernel Media are Céline Payot Lehmann and Samuel Kissous. International distribution outside France and Germany will be handled by Off the Fence.

“Butterflies are seen as beautiful, enchanting and fragile, yet they have conquered every continent. By utilizing stunning graphics and offering comparisons between butterflies and the codes of superhero culture, Pernel Media is offering viewers a fresh approach to natural history,” said Céline Payot Lehmann, international executive producer at Pernel Media, in a news release.

Added Loren Baxter, head of acquisitions for Off the Fence: “It’s not often we get to take a closer look at these marvelous and clever creatures, and this series aims to dive deep into the science behind what makes them a vital part of our planet. This, combined with beautiful filming techniques and Pernel’s track record for great storytelling and fresh style, will make it a hit amongst our international clients.”

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