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Eight-Episode Hourlong Series Will Recreate Critical Mass Extinctions in Earth’s History and Reveal How Life Survived in Co-Pro from UK Indie Loud Minds and Universal Television Alternative Studio

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif.  – June 23, 2022 – NBC is going back in deep time to see how Life not only survived cataclysmic events but thrived in the unscripted SPECIAL EVENT series order "Surviving Earth." The series will be available for streaming next day on Peacock and a premiere for the eight-episode hourlong series will be announced at a later date.   


A co-production between Universal Television Alternative Studio, a division of Universal Studio Group, and UK Indie Loud Minds, "Surviving Earth" will take an incredible journey into prehistory to learn the lessons from past mass extinctions. 


Adopting cutting-edge digital technology, each episode transports the viewer back to meet the bizarre and amazing creatures and breathtaking landscapes of a vibrant lost world. They will witness how life found a way and survived on a planet where meteors fall, super volcanoes erupt, seas boil and the land moves. From the creators of "Walking with Dinosaurs" and "Primeval," these are the stories of the survivors, fighters and lucky ones that shaped the world we live in.


“This epic event series promises to be unlike anything we’ve seen before, with state-of-the-art technology recreating an immersive view of prehistoric Earth,” said Rod Aissa, Executive Vice President, Unscripted Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “With a project of this magnitude, we’re in excellent hands with Universal Television Alternative Studio and Loud Minds on board bringing it to life.”  


“This documentary series brings to life the rich history of our planet to shed light on its future,” said Toby Gorman, President, Universal Television Alternative Studio. “It’s a thrill to tap into the latest technology while diving into Earth's prehistoric past alongside our partners at Loud Minds. We’re excited to bring this unparalleled project to NBC.”


“In an age when there is so much concern about our changing climate, if we want to know our future we have to understand our past,” added Tim Haines, Creative Director, Loud Minds. “We are delighted to bring to NBCUniversal Television & Streaming this spectacular story that celebrates the power of Life on our ever-changing Earth.”



Universal Television Alternative Studio (UTAS), a division of Universal Studio Group, is a leading supplier of premium unscripted content and formats. The studio develops and produces a diverse slate of original programs for a variety of platforms. Notable projects include the crafting series "Making It," starring twice-Emmy®-nominated hosts Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman; comedy variety event series "That's My Jam," hosted by Jimmy Fallon; “Dancing With Myself," hosted by Shakira, Nick Jonas and Liza Koshy; Capital One College Bowl," hosted by Peyton Manning; holiday baking competition series "Baking It," hosted by Maya Rudolph and Andy Samberg; the music event series, "American Song Contest," hosted by Snoop Dogg and Kelly Clarkson; and longtime NBC favorite "Hollywood Game Night," for which Jane Lynch has won two Emmy Awards as host. "Hollywood Game Night" has been remade in 22 territories, while another UTAS hit game show, "The Wall," has been sold into 27 territories internationally. 



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.


Chloe Bremner, NBCUniversal Unscripted Entertainment,
Jonathan Newman, Universal Studio Group,

Rachel Davidson, Loud Minds,

For Press enquiries contact: Michelle Waldron

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