Discovery launching new high-def series

BBC vet Keith Scholey steering nature docs

In the wake of wildly popular "Planet Earth," Discovery Channel is planning another high-def documentary nature series.

The network is teaming with Keith Scholey, the former head of the BBC's Natural History Unit, for a multi-year production deal to capture the world continent by continent.

First up is the seven-part "Wild Planet: North America" (working title), which starts filming this year. The production will use the cutting-edge filming techniques popularized in the "Planet Earth" series, which has been a very useful project for the network, performing well in repeats and in DVD sales.

"Embarking a project of this magnitude is a jewel in the crown at Discovery Channel," said John Ford, president and general manager of Discovery Channel. "'Wild Planet: North America" will highlight the sweeping beauty and majesty of the continent and its rich diversity. Having Keith at the helm is guaranteed to deliver a series that will ignite our viewers' passion for the world around them."