MEDIA RELEASE: Cineflix Rights partners with Nutopia on premium documentary series Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer

April 07, 2021

Cineflix Rights has partnered for the first time with world-renowned factual producer Nutopia to distribute its upcoming blue-chip science series for PBS examining the incredible advances in medicine that have helped the global population to live much longer lives.

Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer (4X60’, Nutopia for PBS US)reveals the little-known stories of the innovations in science and medicine that have doubled the human lifespan in less than a century and celebrates the unsung heroes of public health who believed change was possible and acted on it. Best-selling author Steven Johnson (The Ghost Map, How We Got to Now) along with historian and broadcaster David Olusoga (Civilisations, Black and British: A Forgotten History) combine their expertise to guide viewers across 300 years of medical innovation and go behind the scenes of modern medicine to meet the leading health experts who are tackling Covid-19 and other current public health threats.

Richard Life, Head of Acquisitions, Cineflix Rights, said: “Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer is a fascinating exploration of how pioneering historical approaches and ground-breaking medical triumphs provide a blueprint for the future as we continue our efforts to live longer and healthier lives. It is the perfect programme for our times and produced to the exceptional quality for which Nutopia is renowned. We are delighted to be partnering with them on what will be a highlight of our spring and summer launch.”

Carl Griffin, Managing Director, Nutopia, said: “Now more than ever, we need a show that provides thoughtful research and clarity on issues surrounding public health. Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer tells the untold story of the innovations in science and medicine that doubled the human lifespan in under a century and celebrates the unsung heroes who made this happen. We look forward to working with Cineflix Rights to further the worldwide exposure of this timely series.”

Funding for Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, CDC Foundation, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the New Venture Fund, and PBS.


Media contact: Mark Ogle at OH Communications (for Cineflix Rights):
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About Cineflix Rights
Cineflix Rights is the UK’s largest independent TV content distributor, providing premium programming from leading international producers to more than 500 broadcasters and platforms worldwide. Our diverse catalogue spans the full range of factual genres, as well as scripted series and formats. Established in 2002, Cineflix Rights is based in London and is part of the Cineflix Media group of companies

About Nutopia
Nutopia is an award-winning television production company known for creating acclaimed, non-scripted series on a global scale.  The UK and US based company is credited with creating the television genre known as the “mega-doc,” combining epic, motion picture-quality cinematography, action-driven content and prominent Hollywood actors to produce and star in the projects.  The company, which was founded in 2008 by Jane Root, former President of Discovery Channel US and Controller of BBC2, and co-founder of Wall to Wall TV, has become synonymous with creating high-quality, notable content for buyers that include Netflix, Disney+, CNN, National Geographic, BBC, PBS, HBO Max, and A+E Networks.  Recent projects include A World of Calm, based on the meditation and sleep app from the critically acclaimed tech company Calm, Babies, exploring the key developmental years in life, and Emmy Award-nominated The World According to Jeff Goldblum. Nutopia also produced, the much-honored National Geographic series One Strange Rock; the BBC/PBS co-production Civilisations; interactive series The Great American Read; and Emmy Award-winning series How We Got to Now and America: The Story of the US.  Upcoming projects include Limitless, with Chris Hemsworth, and Welcome to the Earth (working title) with Will Smith for Disney+, and Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer for PBS.