Zee announces co-production with Talesmith on “The Lion’s Last Roar”

Published: Oct 18, 2022

UK’s TVF on board as international distribution partner for premium wildlife series          

MIPCOM - Monday, October 17, 2022: Zee Plus, the co-production and development arm of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd announced The Lion’s Last Roar, their latest co-production with Talesmith, one of the UK’s leading producers of premium natural history and science documentaries. They have also partnered with TVF for its international distribution. The series is currently in production and will be available in March 2023.

This premium documentary series is filmed in 4K and explores the highly engrossing topic of lion conservation. The population of the ‘king of the jungle’ is in an alarming freefall and 96% of this majestic animal’s population has been lost in just the last 50 years. Conservationists have been increasingly worried and struggling for solutions to halt the decline, including the contentious practice of trophy hunting as a way of raising money to protect the survival of the species.

With unprecedented access, in-the-moment action, observational documentary filming, incisive interviews and cinematic photography, the series hears from all sides of this emotionally-charged debate and will challenge the way you think about trophy hunting and conservation, whichever side of the fence you are on.

Genre: Wildlife, 4K, No. of Episodes: 2 x 60 mins.

Sunita Uchil, Chief Business Officer of Zee Plus stated: “We are pleased to partner once again with Talesmith for The Lion’s Last Roar. They bring an extraordinary expertise into this sensitive & pertinent subject of “conserving Lions”. Outside Africa, India is the only other country where Lions can be seen in their natural habitat. The Gir Forest offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience this wildlife in its most raw, beauteous form. We are also pleased to announce TVF as our international distribution partner for this series.”

Martin Williams, Founder of Talesmith and Executive Producer added: “We’re thrilled to be working with Zee Plus on this hard-hitting series. Lions are symbolic of our ongoing struggle with conserving nature and the crisis that humanity has created. This kind of cutting-edge storytelling is in Talesmith’s DNA.”

Julian Chou-Lambert, Acquisitions Manager at TVF International: “As we approach our 40th anniversary, we at TVF have a long track record of successfully distributing blue-chip and topical wildlife from across the world, and so we’re delighted to be partnering with Zee Plus and Talesmith, who bring an incredible breadth of experience to this important story. Lions are among the world’s most magnificent endangered creatures, and understanding their complex relationship with humans is key to preventing their extinction. The in-depth investigation into this relationship and the comparisons between the conservation efforts trialed with African lions and Asiatic lions in India make this a unique programme, and we are very excited to present it to our buyers at MIPCOM and beyond.”

Zee Plus and Talesmith previously partnered on Life of Earth: From Space and Life of Earth: The Age of Humans, an ambitious, landmark documentary series for Zee Entertainment and Smithsonian Networks.

About Zee Plus 

Zee Plus is the International Co-Production and Content Development division of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. (ZEE). ZEE is a global content company, the first private satellite TV in India. Entertaining audiences for over 30 years, we today reach out to 1.3 billion viewers around the world through its linear and digital platforms. Our main objective at Zee Plus is to produce and co-create world class content; content which can travel globally enthralling all audiences. Having the advantage of 30 years in the broadcast business we have a veritable library of formats which can be reproduced and customized as per regional needs. Our original IP's include highly rated scripted drama series, thriller series, reality shows which have enjoyed multiple seasons and various popular sitcoms, game shows, lifestyle and travelogues. 

Zee - Media Contact: (Ms.) MJ Sorenson, CEO of MJ Global Communications LLC mj@mjglobalcommunications.com T: +1-646-225-6590 New York, NY  

About Talesmith 

Talesmith is a multi-award winning production company at the forefront of premium factual content for broadcast, museums, cinema, immersive AR and cutting-edge VR. Its BAFTA and Emmy-winning leadership team of Martin Williams, Ruth Roberts and Mark Wright has worked across some of television’s most successful factual productions of recent years, partnering with A-list talent including Sir David Attenborough, Prince William and President Obama and most recently Ukraine’s President Zelensky on an ambitious holographic global project. As an ambitious and innovative company, Talesmith constantly pushes the boundaries of storytelling, embracing new technologies and techniques.. 

Media contact: Mark Ogle at OH Communications mark@ohcommunications.co.uk / +44 (0) 7789981561