Super Cats: A NATURE Miniseries

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Super Cats, A Nature Miniseries premieres nationwide Wednesdays, October 24-November 7 at 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Each episode will be available to stream the following day at pbs.org/nature and on PBS apps.

Stalking in the shadows, prowling almost every continent, cats are one of the world’s most diverse and successful predators. But there is far more to these charismatic and misunderstood animals than most people recognize. Filmed over 600 days in 14 countries and featuring 31 species of cat, this groundbreaking three-part miniseries narrated by F. Murray Abraham uncovers the secret lives of big cats and introduces behaviors captured on film for the first time, using the latest camera technology and scientific research.

From the solitary bachelor snow leopard in the Himalayas to the elusive swamp tiger of South Asia, to a remarkably efficient Californian bobcat that is blind in one eye, Super Cats, A Nature Miniseries reveals how cats survive and thrive in all four corners of the globe. Nature uncovers their social sides, their complex communication, devoted parental care, courtship rituals, hunting patterns and more.

Advances in technology allowed for several on-camera firsts, including the nocturnal pursuits of a tiny but deadly black-footed cat in South Africa who hunts more in one night than a leopard does in six months. Remote cameras capture exclusive intimate moments between a mother Pallas’ cat and her kittens. Low-light technology exposes a true rarity: a puma preying on Magellanic penguins, one of the few successful hunts ever caught on film. A swamp tiger takes a bath in the sea — a phenomenon previously unseen on television.

Production Credits: Episode 3 - Science and Secrets Print

Narrated by
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM

Produced & Directed by
GAVIN BOYLAND

Photography
STUART DUNN

Sound
ZUBIN SAROSH

Additional Photography
SIMON ENDERBY
SUE GIBSON
DAVID LOUGEDO
JOSÉ LUIS ROUCO FERNANDEZ
KALYAN VARMA
VISUAL AIR PRODUCTIONS

Additional Sound
NICK ALLINSON
ELLIE WILLIAMS

Film Editor
NICK CARLINE

Edit Producer
GILLIAN TAYLOR

Assistant Film Editor
JACK ROBERTS

Post Production
DOGHOUSE POST PRODUCTION
WOUNDED BUFFALO

Graphic Design
BDH CREATIVE

Sound Editor
JONNY CREW

Dubbing Mixer
BEN PEACE

Colorist
FRED TAY

Online Editor
MICHAEL LANSDELL

Original Music
BLEEDING FINGERS

Score Producers
MONICA SONAND
RUSSELL EMANUEL

Scientific Consultants
Dr ALEXANDER SLIWA
Dr LUKE HUNTER

Special Thanks
TATJANA HUBEL
SABAH PARKS DEPARTMENT
LE PARC DES FÉLINS
UNIVERSITY OF MUHAMMADIYAH, PALANGKA RAYA

Archive
BORNEO NATURE FOUNDATION
SHANSHUI/PANTHERA/SLT/SEEF/GZC

Wildlife Permits Provided by
JUNTA DE ANDALUCÍA
JUNTA DE EXTRAMEDURA
MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS, INDIA

Director
SARA DOUGLAS

Researchers
ANNA PLACE
HARRIET LAWRENCE
LEAH ARNOLD-REDMAN

Production Coordinators
JO ARMSTRONG DAVIS
SUSANNA PROUSE

Production Team
ARPANA PATERSON
JANE ATKINS
GEORGE PILAS
SOPHIE EDWARDS
BECKY PAYNE
ESHIKA FYZEE
NATHALIE GALVE
ELLIE KYNASTON

Production Manager
STELLA STYLIANOS

Unit Manager
KATE GORST

Commissioning Editor
TOM MCDONALD

Series Producer
GAVIN BOYLAND

Executive Producer
MICHAEL GUNTON

For NATURE

Series Editor
JANET HESS

Senior Producer
LAURA METZGER LYNCH

Coordinating Producer
JAYNE JUN

Associate Producer
JAMES F. BURKE

Legal Counsel
BLANCHE ROBERTSON

Digital Producer
HEATHER TONER

Social Media Editor
KAREN HO

Audience Engagement
CHELSEY SAATKAMP

Budget Controller
JAYNE LISI

Online Editor
STACEY DOUGLASS MOVERLEY

Re-Recording Mixer
ED CAMPBELL

Original Funding Provided in Part by
The Arnhold Family In Memory Of Clarisse Arnhold
Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III
Kate W. Cassidy Foundation
Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust
Kathy Chiao and Ken Hao
Anderson Family Fund
Filomen M. D’Agostino Foundation
Rosalind P. Walter
The Halmi Family in memory of Robert Halmi, Sr.
Sandra Atlas Bass
The Arlene and Milton D. Berkman Philanthropic Fund
Anne Ray foundation
Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Series Producer
BILL MURPHY

Executive Producer
FRED KAUFMAN

A BBC Studios Production for PBS and BBC with THIRTEEN Productions LLC, co-produced by France Télévisions

This program was produced by THIRTEEN Productions LLC, which is solely responsible for its content

© 2018 BBC
SUPER CATS ADDITIONAL MATERIALS © 2018 PBS AND
© 2018 THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


Production Credits: Episode 2 - Cats In Every Corner Print

Narrated by
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM

Produced & Directed by
PAUL WILLIAMS

Photography
SUE GIBSON
LUKE BARNETT
HOWARD BOURNE
LIANNE STEENKAMP
KALYAN VARMA
KENNAN WARD

Additional Photography
NEIL ANDERSON
DOUGLAS PARKER
ALONSO SANCHEZ ESPINOZA
WILL STEENKAMP

Film Editor
SAM ROGERS

Assistant Film Editor
JACK ROBERTS

Post Production
DOGHOUSE POST PRODUCTION
WOUNDED BUFFALO

Graphic Design
BDH CREATIVE

Sound Editor
TIM OWENS

Dubbing Mixer
BEN PEACE

Colorist
FRED TAY

Online Editor
MICHAEL LANSDELL

Original Music
BLEEDING FINGERS

Score Producers
MONICA SONAND
RUSSELL EMANUEL

Scientific Consultants
Dr ALEXANDER SLIWA
Dr LUKE HUNTER

Special Thanks:
EVIE ADAMS
JANE ATKINS
MATT RICHARDS
SERGIO ESCOBAR-LASSO
BLACK-FOOTED CAT WORKING GROUP
GOINGWILD LLP
SECUNDA SYNFUELS OPERATIONS / SASOL LTD.

Logistics Support
DR BARIUSHAA MUNKHTSOG
RICHARD FOSTER
BIOCENOSIS MARINA LIMITADA
THE BELIZE ZOO AND TROPICAL EDUCATION CENTER

Wildlife Permits Provided by
MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS, INDIA
WILDLIFE TRUST OF INDIA

Directors
SARA DOUGLAS
ANNA PLACE

Researcher
HARRIET LAWRENCE

Production Coordinators
JO ARMSTRONG DAVIS
ELLIE WILLIAMS

Production Management Assistant
SUSANNA PROUSE

Production Manager
STELLA STYLIANOS

Unit Manager
KATE GORST

Commissioning Editor
TOM MCDONALD

Series Producer
GAVIN BOYLAND

Executive Producer
MICHAEL GUNTON

For NATURE

Series Editor
JANET HESS

Senior Producer
LAURA METZGER LYNCH

Coordinating Producer
JAYNE JUN

Associate Producer
JAMES F. BURKE

Legal Counsel
BLANCHE ROBERTSON

Digital Producer
HEATHER TONER

Social Media Editor
WHITNEY MCGOWAN

Audience Engagement
CHELSEY SAATKAMP

Budget Controller
JAYNE LISI

Online Editor
STACEY DOUGLASS MOVERLEY

Re-Recording Mixer
ED CAMPBELL

Original Funding Provided in Part by
The Arnhold Family In Memory Of Clarisse Arnhold
Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III
Kate W. Cassidy Foundation
Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust
Kathy Chiao and Ken Hao
Anderson Family Fund
Filomen M. D’Agostino Foundation
Rosalind P. Walter
The Halmi Family in memory of Robert Halmi, Sr.
Sandra Atlas Bass
The Arlene and Milton D. Berkman Philanthropic Fund
Anne Ray foundation
Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Series Producer
BILL MURPHY

Executive Producer
FRED KAUFMAN

A BBC Studios Production for PBS and BBC with THIRTEEN Productions LLC, co-produced by France Télévisions

This program was produced by THIRTEEN Productions LLC, which is solely responsible for its content

© 2018 BBC
SUPER CATS ADDITIONAL MATERIALS © 2018 PBS AND
© 2018 THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Production Credits: Episode 1 - Extreme Lives Print

Narrated by
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM

Produced & Directed by
NICK EASTON

Photography
SUE GIBSON
HUGO KITCHING
IAN LLEWELLYN
MARK MacEWEN
MOTION IMPOSSIBLE
OWEN PRÜMM
HECTOR SKEVINGTON-POSTLES
TOM WALKER

Additional Photography
SANTIAGO CABRAL
BERTIE GREGORY
MARKUS KREUTZ
BJÖRN REHDER

Film Editor
RUPERT TROSKIE

Assistant Film Editor
JACK ROBERTS

Post Production
DOGHOUSE POST PRODUCTION
WOUNDED BUFFALO

Graphic Design
BDH CREATIVE

Sound Editor
KATE HOPKINS

Dubbing Mixer
GRAHAM WILD

Colorist
FRED TAY

Online Editor
MICHAEL LANSDELL

Original Music
BLEEDING FINGERS

Score Producers
MONICA SONAND
RUSSELL EMANUEL

Scientific Consultants
Dr ALEXANDER SLIWA
Dr LUKE HUNTER

Special Thanks:
DANNY SMITH
JIGMET TAKPA
RYAN DURACK
SAM ELLIS
GLOBAL LEOPARD PROJECT
THE BIG CAT SANCTUARY

Wildlife Permits Provided by
ADMINISTRACIÓN DE PARQUES NACIONALES
BELIZE FILM COMMISSION
MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS, INDIA
PARQUE NACIONAL MONTE LEÓN

Directors
SARA DOUGLAS
ANNA PLACE

Development Researcher
EMILY MILLER

Researcher
HARRIET LAWRENCE

Production Coordinators
JO ARMSTRONG DAVIS
ARPANA PATERSON
ELLIE WILLIAMS

Production Management Assistant
SUSANNA PROUSE

Production Manager
STELLA STYLIANOS

Unit Manager
KATE GORST

Head of Business
OLIVER THOMPSON

Commissioning Editor
TOM MCDONALD

Series Producer
GAVIN BOYLAND

Executive Producer
MICHAEL GUNTON

For NATURE

Series Editor
JANET HESS

Senior Producer
LAURA METZGER LYNCH

Coordinating Producer
JAYNE JUN

Associate Producer
JAMES F. BURKE

Legal Counsel
BLANCHE ROBERTSON

Digital Producer
HEATHER TONER

Social Media Editor
WHITNEY MCGOWAN

Audience Engagement
CHELSEY SAATKAMP

Budget Controller
JAYNE LISI

Online Editor
STACEY DOUGLASS MOVERLEY

Re-Recording Mixer
ED CAMPBELL

Original Funding Provided in Part by
The Arnhold Family In Memory Of Clarisse Arnhold
Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III
Kate W. Cassidy Foundation
Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust
Kathy Chiao and Ken Hao
Anderson Family Fund
Filomen M. D’Agostino Foundation
Rosalind P. Walter
The Halmi Family in memory of Robert Halmi, Sr.
Sandra Atlas Bass
The Arlene and Milton D. Berkman Philanthropic Fund
Anne Ray foundation
Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Series Producer
BILL MURPHY

Executive Producer
FRED KAUFMAN

A BBC Studios Production for PBS and BBC with THIRTEEN Productions LLC, co-produced by France Télévisions

This program was produced by THIRTEEN Productions LLC, which is solely responsible for its content

© 2018 BBC
SUPER CATS ADDITIONAL MATERIALS © 2018 PBS AND
© 2018 THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED