SPI/FILMBOX boosts UHD library with more adventure and lifestyle programming from Big Media and Escapade Media

Global TV operator SPI International / FILMBOX has recently acquired ten episodes of the fifth season of the underwater adventure series Blue World and the lifestyle culinary series Barinia. which will air on FUNBOX UHD, SPI’s Ultra HD channel and an online streaming app.

Barinia     Blue World
Barinia. A stunning voyage of food, culture and friendship along the alluring coastlines of Italy, Greece, Turkey and France. These are the tales from the classic yacht Barinia and its family of 25 years, Narelle the chef and Patrick, the skipper.  This unique culinary voyage pushes beyond the veneer of common tourism and invites the viewer to experience the local life and the preservation of precious traditions.     Jonathan Bird’s Blue World is an educational family-oriented un­der­wa­ter ad­ven­tu­re series hosted by dynamic naturalist and un­der­wa­ter pho­to­grap­her Jonathan Bird. 
The series has received many awards and honors, including eight New England Emmy Awards and four consecutive National Daytime Emmy Nominations.

Blue World is an Emmy Award-winning underwater science/adventure program produced and hosted by Jonathan Bird, one of the world’s top underwater nature cinematographers. In fresh water or salt, reefs, wrecks or caves, Jonathan documents the world beneath the waves. The episodes encompass a variety of subjects, including stories about animals, marine research and researchers, underwater exploration and recent discoveries. The stories always have an underwater theme and feature stunning underwater photography captured in native Ultra HD. SPI acquired worldwide rights to the series from Big Media, a leading worldwide content producer and distributor of docs/factual, wildlife, and travel/lifestyle series.

As SPI has been expanding its UHD library, the company also acquired worldwide rights to Barinia, a cultural adventure across Southern Europe and Eastern Turkey, celebrating the customs and traditions of these rarely seen destinations.

The series presents tales from the classic yacht Barinia and its family – Patrick, Narelle and their dog Shadow. This is a love affair with a way of life that has afforded them deep connections to the local dwellers of these seaside communities.  In the face of modernity and rapid change, Patrick and Narelle give a voice to the local characters and a quest to preserve their meaning through precious traditions.

“We are thrilled to enhance the programming on FUNBOX UHD channel with the Blue World series from Big Media Holdings and Barinia series from Escapade Media,” said Berk Uziyel, executive director of SPI/Filmbox.  "This highly entertaining content will make watching our channel an unforgettable experience for the premium viewer who appreciates quality programs,” Mr. Uziyel added.