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S14 Ep12: Alien Empire


Learn more about how insects reproduce, live together in society, migrate, and battle for survival.

Alien Empire is a six-part documentary series hosted by John Shrapnel, taking us into the bizarre, fascinating world of insects with amazing graphics. Combining cutting-edge computer animation with live-action footage and powerful magnifying cameras, the series offers a startling “insect’s eye-view” of their own extremely complex existence. Each episode of the series deals with topics: the diversity in insects’ design; the mating rituals of insects and their reproductive strategies; the constant war that insects wage for food; the migration, colonization and adaptation of insects to various geographic regions; the habitats and social relationships of insects; and the hostile, yet dependent, relationship of humans and insects.

Production Credits

Web Credits

Producer: Sarah Birnbaum
Art Direction: Mohammad Riza
Writer: David Malakoff
Designers: Janette Afsharian, Gina Niemiec, Shannon Palmer
Interactive Animations: Janette Afsharian, Shannon Palmer
Scientific Consultants: Gene Robinson, Gianna Scaralia
Technical Director: Howard Goldstein

Director, Thirteen Online and Online Programs: Barry Levine

Thirteen Online is a production of Thirteen/WNET’s Kravis Multimedia Education Center in New York City. Ruth Ann Burns, Vice President. David Wolff, Director of New Media.

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Television Credits

A Co-Production of Thirteen/WNET and BBC-TV




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