Exploring nature, ecology, science and tech like never before, wildlife adventurer Patrick Aryee sets out to bring humanity’s future into focus.
Curiosity Stream Inc., (NASDAQ: CURI), the leading global factual streaming service and media company, today announced that production has started on the CuriosityStream original Evolve, an epic six-part docu-series exploring biomimicry. Filming on 4 continents with the award-winning production team Beach House Pictures, a Blue Ant Media company, the series will explore how humanity can solve many of the fundamental issues facing us today by “mimicking” the incredible innovations found in nature. Biologist and wildlife documentary filmmaker Patrick Aryee will take viewers into a world of natural history and of future science and technology with the potential to change the direction of the human species.
“We live in a laboratory where nature is constantly evolving — from stunning animal superstars to mundane, unsuspecting heroes of the wild. From awe to wonder, it all has something to teach us,” said Patrick Aryee, host of CuriosityStream’s original new series, Evolve. “I genuinely believe that our future survival as a species lies in understanding and appreciating the inner workings of our natural world. It’s been the opportunity of a lifetime to work with some of humanity’s greatest minds in order to truly learn from mother nature. The journey might not be seamless, but evolution rarely is.”
Animals and nature have been specializing, perfecting, and evolving for nearly 4 billion years, ensuring life thrived in almost every place on Earth. From revolutionizing healthcare to transforming transportation, each adventure in the series will focus on a different challenge, and demonstrate how nature, in its unparalleled genius, has already solved many of the problems we face today. But the key lies in the emerging technology on the cusp of innovation right now. Evolve won’t stop with the mere idea of change. Using cutting-edge CGI, the series will explore a future where the technology is already applied, and each problem is solved.
“Evolve is going to be a truly immersive odyssey, making engaging natural history television in a new way, exploring the past, the present, and most importantly, the future,” said Rob Burk, head of original content for CuriosityStream. “Patrick will break down the fourth wall and bring viewers inside every adventure and every discovery, promising moments that are ceaselessly intimate, occasionally funny and infinitely revealing.”
As a biologist and self-confessed thrill seeker, Patrick has traveled the globe as an in-demand filmmaker, both in front of and behind the camera for the BBC, Sky One, and more. From a face-off with a Komodo dragon to a free dive with 15-ton sperm whale, Patrick’s specialty is bringing viewers along with him on his daringly close animal encounters and exploring natural history in a way that is always insightful and very often unexpected.
“There’s hardly a better argument for conservation than the fact that a creature exists out there, from the tiny tardigrade through to the majestic cheetah, that might save our lives or even change our trajectory as a species,” said Rob Sixsmith, Head of Factual, Beach House Pictures. “It’s a series that is crucial for our times and we are truly thankful to CuriosityStream, Singapore’s IMDA, Blue Ant Media and Abacus Media Rights for making this happen.”
Evolve is produced by Beach House Pictures for CuriosityStream. For Beach House, executive producers are Jocelyn Little, Donovan Chan and Rob Sixsmith. Jerry Decker is Showrunner and Chris Baron serves as Series Producer. Jorge Franzini is executive producer for CuriosityStream. Rob Burk is CuriosityStream’s head of original content. Amcomri Entertainment Inc, Abacus Media Rights, will be distributing Evolve in Canada, Europe, Middle East, North Africa, Australia and New Zealand, Korea, Japan, and China.
About Patrick Aryee
Documentary filmmaker and wildlife tv presenter Patrick Aryee is a self-confessed thrill seeker with a fascination for how things work and a passion for an incredible story. His career began with a degree in molecular & cellular biology at the University of Bristol. He worked behind the scenes on the BBC productions Madagascar, Attenborough: 60 years in the Wild and Frozen Planet. From there, he moved in front of the camera to launch BBC Earth’s online natural history strand Zoo-La-La, a weekly show that helped launch the BBC Earth YouTube platform, Earth Unplugged. His BBC credits also include Super Senses, Nature’s Miracle Orphans, Ingenious Animals and Super Small Animals. Sky One commissioned Aryee to host a six natural history programs including Big Cats: An Amazing Animal Family, for which he was awarded the RTS West Award for Best Presenter. Continuing his projects at Sky One, Patrick travelled the world filming two more 4K series, Wild Animal Babies and, most recently, Big Beasts: Last of the Giants. Patrick is a regular contributor on The One Show, and co-hosted Springwatch 2018.