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August 4th, 2022

Loud Minds has partnered with Award-winning VFX studio Milk to create the full suite of visual effects on the newly commissioned 8-part NBC series, Surviving Earth.

A co-production between UK Indie Loud Minds and Universal Television Alternative Studio, factual event-series Surviving Earth promises an incredible journey into prehistory to learn the lessons from past mass extinctions. The partnership will see Milk develop and create all the spectacular digital environments, landscapes and creatures that will bring the series to life. 


Led by Emmy Award-winning VFX Supervisor Jean-Claude Deguara, Milk will deliver a broad range of high end creature and environment work, designed to transport viewers back in time to a vibrant lost world where meteors fall, super volcanoes erupt, seas boil and the land moves. 


The creative partnership marks a reunion between Loud Minds Creative Director Tim Haines and Milk’s Jean-Claude Deguara, with the pair having previously collaborated on ITV series Primeval and immersive experience Dinosaurs In The Wild.


VFX Supervisor and Milk co-owner, Jean-Claude Deguara comments: 

“It’s great to be collaborating with Tim once again after helping his vision come to life for our previous project Dinosaurs in the Wild. We can’t wait to bring together our talented team of VFX artists to combine the worlds of technology and creativity and produce some epic creatures and environments for this incredible story of the evolution of life on earth.”


Tim Haines, Creative Director, Loud Minds said:

“I’m delighted to be working with Jean-Claude again on this spectacular story that celebrates the power of Life on our ever-changing Earth. We know Milk’s creative team will produce the highest calibre of VFX to tell this important environmental story that will also help us understand our futures.”


Jag Mundi, Milk Executive Chairman, added: 

“We’re very excited to see Jean-Claude and our creative team begin work on such an epic project in Surviving Earth. Milk has built a strong platform for growth, positioning itself well to expand the potential of its creative team and add a project of this quality to its roster.”


Milk is currently in production on upcoming Sony feature The Woman King from director Gina Prince-Bythewood; Netflix feature Me Time; Working Title’s features The Swimmers and What’s Love Got To Do With It; Amazon feature Your Christmas Or Mine and Amazon Studios/ Left Bank Picture’s episodic series Three Pines.

Surviving Earth will be available to stream on Peacock and will begin production later this year. 

Notes to Editors:

Surviving Earth is a co-production between Loud Minds and Universal Television Alternative Studio for NBC. The series creator is Tim Haines, Creative Director, Loud Minds.


Loud Minds is a high-end independent production company creating ground-breaking factual and scripted content for a global audience. Its Creative Director Tim Haines is behind the multi-BAFTA and Emmy award winning series Walking with Dinosaurs (BBC/Discovery), its sequel Walking with Beasts and drama series Primeval.  Tim launched Loud Minds to continue in his passion for bringing both landmark specialist factual and drama content to audiences around the world. At the helm of Loud Minds is a team with the experience and creative skills needed to support the most ambitious breakthrough projects, including Director Mark Popkiewicz and COO Sheryl Trinh.




Oscar, BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning visual effects studio Milk creates innovative sequences for high-end episodic and feature films - with a range of credits including Amazon/BBC’s acclaimed Good Omens; Netflix’ Cursed; Amazon’s Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams; Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (Warner Bros.); Baltasar Kormakur’s Adrift; and Alex Garland’s Annihilation.


Milk was founded by a small, passionate team of VFX supervisors and producers in 2013 and prides itself on its friendly, thriving culture. The studio has won multiple awards for its creative work, including three BAFTA Television Craft awards for critically acclaimed BBC drama Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and Doctor Who. Milk won an Emmy in 2016 for work on the BBC/Hartswood’s Sherlock; and in 2016 co-founder Sara Bennett became the first woman in twenty years to win an Oscar for best VFX on the film Ex-Machina at the 88th Academy Awards.


Milk’s credits also include feature films Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald; Kingsman: The Old Guard (Netflix); The Golden Circle (Lionsgate); Ben Wheatley’s Rebecca, Free Fire and High-Rise, The Martian (20th Century Fox), The Divergent Series: Insurgent; Poltergeist (Fox/MGM); Brett Ratner’s Hercules(Paramount/MGM); Everest (Universal); Dracula Untold (Universal); The Last Dragonslayer (Sky); Britannia(Sky) and episodic series Intergalactic (Sky) for which the team received a BAFTA Television Craft nomination this year.



Rachel Davidson, Loud Minds,

Jenny Burbage, MILK,

Stella Patsikas, MILK

For Press enquiries contact: Michelle Waldron

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