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Icon Films in association with Natural History Film Unit Botswana produce Wildlife Epic for Nat Geo WILD





Years in the Making, Miniseries Event Will Uncover the

Characters and Storylines in the Live-or-Die Life of Remote Africa


Big Game of Thrones Premieres in 2016

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 29, 2015) HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones” is renowned for its fascinating characters and plot twists that tell a fantastical story in a magical world. Nat Geo WILD’s Big Game of Throneswt needs no magic to tell its real-life story of ruthless predators and powerful prey whose interconnected lives expose rivalries, betrayals, battles, struggles and triumphs. It is a never-ending crusade for survival with characters so wild and conflict so cutthroat that no fiction can do it justice. Big Game of Thrones wt, the epic miniseries event produced by Icon Films in association with Natural History Unit Botswana, will premiere on Nat Geo WILD globally in 2016.

“HBO can tell its lawyers to stand down, a new title is forthcoming,” said Geoff Daniels, executive vice president and general manager of Nat Geo WILD. “When we developed the series, we immediately saw the parallels with ‘Game of Thrones’ and the name stuck as our working title. It is a natural fit for our story of the kings of the savannah fighting for the throne, complete with brutal violence, unexpected deaths, surprising characters and even interfamily romance.”

Big Game of Throneswt is a departure from traditional wildlife shows that observe from afar. Award-winning producer Brad Bestelink was born and raised in Botswana and is intimately familiar with his homeland’s national parks and private concessions. He tracked the animals featured in Big Games of Throneswt every day for years to uncover their specific stories and hone in on their brutal confrontations.

Big Game of Throneswt takes place in Savute, a remote corner of Africa where animals are pitted against each other in a circle of unending conflict. There are ruthless predators — lions, leopards, hyenas and wild dogs — who stop at nothing to get ahead in the game of life or death. Their survival depends on the giant herds of powerful prey — buffalo, elephant and zebra — that have roamed Savute’s kingdoms in search of sustenance, season after season, millennium after millennium … and drought is coming.

Big Game of Throneswt features the most colossal clashes between these rival clans. Every episode presents a battle from a different predator’s or prey’s perspective. Each viewing adds richness to the story as we understand the motives behind each animal player’s moves. This is a world where no one stays on top and the prey also have their day of reckoning.

Forty square miles of remote African Savannah is up for grabs every day with competing animal clans taking natural law to its limit and beyond. This is Big Game of Throneswt.

Big Game of Throneswt is produced by Icon Films in association with Natural History Film Unit Botswana for Nat Geo WILD. Icon Films executive producers are Harry Marshall and Laura Marshall. Natural History Film Unit Botswana producer is Brad Bestelink. For Nat Geo WILD, executive producer is Ashley Hoppin, senior vice president of development and production is Janet Han Vissering, and executive vice president and general manager is Geoff Daniels.



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