RealWorld is pleased to announce the launch of our new Native Planet website – www.nativeplanet.tv. This new site will provide in depth interactive access to stories from our first season and coming this September, six new Native Planet stories in season two. At the core of our new site, ‘Take the Journey’ let’s you interact with host Simon Baker’s global journey, first to New Zealand and Hawaii. Through this spring, one new interactive story will be posted monthly leading up to the premiere of season 2. A huge thanks go out to Sean and Steve at our interactive partners, Denman Digital.

RealWorld is pleased to announce that “Power to the People”, our newest environmental documentary series, has recently been funded for development. In Power to the People, series host and acclaimed environmentalist Melina Laboucan Massimo will travel to visionary communities to discover how renewable energy and sustainability is empowering First Peoples. In Canada and around the word, Melina will reveal revolutionary wind, solar, tidal, fuel cell and biomass projects, de-mystify their science, and examine the social and environmental benefits. Over the next few months, RealWorld will be mapping out thirteen half hour episodes and companion web strategy that will comprise our first season. Stay tuned for more next Spring.

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Meet Javier – editor, camera operator and an important member of the RealWorld production team.  For the last three years ‘Javi’ has worked his way through post to become part of RealWorld’s on location camera crew.  From capturing great drone shots to framing supporting visuals, Javi’s work is on display in recent RealWorld projects like Face the Music and Native Planet.   With a great eye and storytelling intuition, Javi has elevated his role at RealWorld and is now part of a team developing a new 13 part factual series planned for production in 2017.

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Meet Kim, she manages our productions, our office, and is generally the person who keeps RealWorld on track, on budget and organized.  Kim has been a vital part of RealWorld for over a decade and is well known and respected by our suppliers, broadcasters and funders.  Here’s a recent shot of her on location in Chile where she made sure the Native Planet production team was transported, amply fed and well rested for our first location shoot on Easter Island.  This year she’ll be spending more time on location as we increase the size of our crew and the scope of our productions, around the world.

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For the last two years RealWorld has been patiently developing Semi Pro, a gritty, behind the scenes documentary that for the first time will take an audience inside the locker room to witness the season long journey of Semiahmoo Ravens A1 peewee hockey team (www.semipro.tv).  Now, this non-funded initiative and our in-house labor of love is finally nearing its finish line.  A rough cut of the documentary is set to release by the end of this year that RealWorld will use to attract completion and postproduction financing.  In the interim, check out the SemiPro documentary trailer here: https://vimeo.com/157049636 and visit www.semipro.tv to learn more about the project.

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Production of Native Planet’s six new one hour episodes and website is now over 50% complete!  Since early 2016, the Native Planet team has shot episodes in Rapa Nui (Easter Island), the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, the Nyae Nyae Conservancy in Namibia, and most recently, around the shores of Lake Winnipeg.  Next month, Native Planet travels to the Louisiana bayou and season 2 production rounds out this January in Nicaragua.  Our profound thanks to all the indigenous communities who’ve graciously allowed us onto your territory and into your lives to share amazing Native Planet stories with the world!  Follow host Simon Baker on his global journey at www.nativeplanet.tv or on our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/NativePlanet.tv.
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We’ve been hard at work through 2015 shooting and editing Face the Music, an intimate look at the indie music landscape, from the point of view of up and coming, Haida/Cree recording artist, Kristi Lane Sinclair.

In the first season of Face the Music, we follow Kristi’s creative journey as she writes, records and tours “Dark Matter”, her latest independent album. Over six, half hour episodes that will air nationally in 2016 on APTN, we take you behind the scenes of an artist’s journey, into her recording sessions, and travel to England and LA where Kristi’s seeks the advice of international mentors like Stevie Salas and Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas.

While the TV episodes are still a few months away, you can go to the series website now and get an in depth look at Kristi’s musical journey: www.facethemusictv.com.

To kick off 2016 and an exciting new year of RealWorld production, we are pleased to launch this new and improved website. Like our brand, in this version of Realworldmedia.tv, our content does the talking, illustrating the unique range, style and quality of documentary and factual content we produce.

Whether you follow us online, on your phone, tablet or social media, Realworldmedia.tv integrates the latest web technologies, better establishes our brand and streamlines our marketing message. Throughout 2016 and beyond, we’ll be posting ‘News’ items that features insights on our work, shows you films from our documentary archives, and gives you an advance screening of some of our latest projects. Stay tuned!

Timed for the global on location requirements of our second season of Native Planet, RealWorld makes a substantial leap forward in our camera acquisition and postproduction capabilities.

A new 4K camera and drone will accompany our current HD package to all six Native Planet shoots. We’ve also acquired expanded audio, lighting and camera stabilization systems that will add tons more production values to our location shoots through 2016.

Completing our 4K migration, a new networked Avid postproduction server and online suite is being installed that significantly enhances the speed, capacity and integration our four dedicated Avid edit suites.

Based on the success of season one’s six one-hour documentaries, RealWorld is now in pre-production on a second season of our international doc series Native Planet. Beginning January 2016, Host Simon Baker will again be travelling the world to explore the unique connection indigenous peoples have with mother earth, and their will to protect it.

With episodes planned for South and Central America, Africa, Australia and south east Asia, our second season of Native Planet will also feature a new and expanded website that gives our viewers a more immersive experience into the fascinating communities, cultures, characters and issues we encounter. The new Nativeplanet.tv is scheduled to launch May 2016 with six new hour-long episodes set to premiere Fall 2017.

Season one is currently being broadcast in Canada, USA, Australia and available on demand in the US and Canada. Watch Native Planet’s Facebook page for sneak peeks at our upcoming stories.