Talesmith and Cineflix to co-produce Takaya: Lone Wolf for BBC, CBC, and ARTE

April 07, 2019

UK high-end factual indie Talesmith and leading international content producer and distributor Cineflix are co-producing Takaya: Lone Wolf (wt), a documentary special for BBC4, CBC, and ARTE which explores humankind’s historic relationship with wolves.

Takaya: Lone Wolf (1×60’, working title) is the remarkable story of a lone wolf living against the odds and its incredibly close bond with one woman, wildlife photographer Cheryl Alexander. The documentary is set on a remote island archipelago off the coast of British Columbia, Canada, which Takaya swam to and has chosen for a home. Despite being a highly social pack animal, Takaya lives a life of quiet isolation hundreds of miles from other wolves, existing entirely on a marine diet. The film is a captivating exploration of the connection and trust that Cheryl has forged with Takaya over five years. 

Martin Williams, CEO and Creative Director of Talesmith, said: “Takaya: Lone Wolf will provide viewers with an inspirational story of one animal’s resilience, survival, and adaptability. But it’s also a story of how people interact with wolves, both through Cheryl’s extraordinary relationship but more widely about how humans can co-exist with an animal perceived by some as a dangerous threat.”

André Barro, Executive Producer, Cineflix added: “We’re thrilled to be collaborating with the talented team at Talesmith on this incredible and unique Canadian story. We’re expanding our co-production business at Cineflix Media and Takaya: Lone Wolf is a great example of an exciting partnership that combines expertise and resources to bring more engaging content to viewers worldwide.”

Takaya: Lone Wolf (wt) is an international co-production with Talesmith, Cineflix, and Wild Wolf Media for BBC, CBC, and ARTE. The documentary is executive produced by Martin Williams for Talesmith, André Barro for Cineflix, and Gaby Bastyra. Cineflix Rights has exclusive worldwide distribution rights.


For more information, contact Mark Ogle at OH Communications (for Cineflix Rights):mark@ohcommunications.co.uk / +44 (0) 7789 981561

About Talesmith
Talesmith specialises in ambitious, high-end natural history, science, and factual multi-platform content, designed to appeal to the modern generation across broadcast, digital, VR, and giant screen. Founded by leading producer Martin Williams, best known for his pioneering 3D and natural history documentaries with Sir David Attenborough, Talesmith’s team has won multiple awards including BAFTAs, Emmys, RTS Awards, Griersons, International 3D Society Awards, Broadcast Awards, Pandas, and an AAAS Science Journalism award. With a focus on new technologies, high production values, high-profile presenters, and international appeal, Talesmith’s credits include the Panda-nominated, Grierson-shortlisted The Real T.rex with Chris Packham (BBC/CBC/France TV), The Life of Earth from Space (Smithsonian/Zee), Hold the World with David Attenborough (SkyVR), Lion’s Last Roar (Theatrical), Panda-nominated Monkeys: An Amazing Animal Family (Sky), and Flyspy VR (Short, Theatrical). Talesmith also operates as Flyride Films in an SPV with Moonraker VFX, producing high-end immersive theatrical films including Flyride Changbaishan 4D and Flyride Five Mountains 4D (Legend Cultural Development, Beijing).

About Cineflix Media Inc. 
Cineflix Media creates, produces, and distributes popular factual and scripted content for the global market with operations in Montreal, Toronto, New York, London, and Dublin.  Producing network-defining programming per year across a wide range of genres, and with a growing catalogue of more than 4,800 hours, Cineflix is behind some of TV’s most highly-rated brands.

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 part of the Cineflix Media group of companies.