FIRST LOOK: ‘An Optimist’s Guide to the Planet with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’

Premieres February 8 on Bloomberg Originals and Bloomberg TV

New York (December 8, 2023) – Today, Bloomberg Media unveiled the first look at the upcoming series, An Optimist’s Guide to the Planet, hosted by Emmy nominee Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and produced by Cream Productions and Wildfire Television. The six-episode Canada-United Kingdom co-production will premiere on February 8, 2024 on Bloomberg Originals and Bloomberg TV.

Watch the full trailer HERE

The series captures Coster-Waldau and his team as they criss-cross the globe exploring humanity, witnessing its power for good, and learning about some of the remarkable solutions (both old and new) that inspire his optimism for the future. On their journey they visit: Greenland, Australia, United States, Japan, Vietnam, Germany, Kenya, St. Vincent, Spain, Mexico, The Netherlands and Switzerland.

An Optimist’s Guide to the Planet with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau joins a lineup of documentary-style productions, innovative series, live events and video podcasts all under the Bloomberg Originals banner.

Bloomberg Originals programming streams on, YouTube and the Bloomberg app on Connected TV (CTV) devices such as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, and Android TV and is also available via Samsung TV Plus, LG Channels, Amazon’s news app on Fire TV, Tubi, Sling, Xfinity and VIZIO WatchFree+. The programming also broadcasts during select primetime and weekend time slots on Bloomberg TV and BTV+.

An Optimist’s Guide to the Planet with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is a Cream and Wildfire Television production in association with Bloomberg and Bell Media and in association with Ill Kippers Aps. The series is executive produced by David Brady, Philip Clarke, Kate Harrison Karman, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Joe Derrick, Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, and co-executive produced by Patrick Cameron.

An Optimist’s Guide to the Planet with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is sponsored by Samsung and Kia. 

About Bloomberg Media
Bloomberg Media is the world’s leading multi-platform media company for business and finance, which draws on the editorial resources of more than 2,700 editorial professionals globally in more than 120 countries. Bloomberg Media is the consumer-facing media organization of Bloomberg L.P.

About Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Emmy nominee Nikolaj Coster-Waldau will next star in the BBC and CBS Studios Drama, KING AND CONQUERER, in which he is also directing an episode and producing. He recently starred with Jennifer Garner in the AppleTV+ miniseries, THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME, based on Laura Dave’s NYT best-selling book. Nikolaj voiced the lead character in the Audible original drama podcast series, RADIOMAN, which he also produced. He also starred in the Netflix film, AGAINST THE ICE, which he co-wrote and produced. He was an executive producer on the award winning Danish documentary, FLEE.  He is best known for his role as Jaime Lannister in GAME OF THRONES, which garnered his Emmy nomination. Coster-Waldau has also been a UNDP Goodwill Ambassador since 2016. Nikolaj is repped by UTA, Sloane Offer Weber and Relevant.  

About Cream Productions
One of North America’s most dynamic media companies, Cream Productions, led by David Brady and Kate Harrison Karman, produces premiere content for outlets worldwide. Long a leader in non-fiction, just a few of Cream’s recent doc hits include History of the Sitcom (CNN), Age of Samurai (Netflix), All or Nothing: Toronto Maple Leafs (Amazon Prime), Fear Thy Neighor (9 seasons, Discovery ID), and The Game Show Show (ABC). In 2023, Cream’s synthesis of quality storytelling with cutting edge tech propelled it to acclaim in the fiction and digital spaces as well. In October, Meta (Facebook’s parent company) launched Cream’s Survivorman VR, an immersive experience built upon its long-running collaboration with Survivorman Les Stroud.  And in November, Cream and longtime collaborator Eli Roth slashed their way into the headlines with the box-office hit Thanksgiving (starring Patrick Dempsey and Addison Rae), a horror movie which Cream produced for Sony Pictures and Spyglass Media Group. An Optimist’s Guide to the Planet with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau will be just the latest effort by Cream to make a positive impact on the environment. Following the best industry practices it helped to spearhead, Cream has measured and offset the carbon footprint of this production.

About Ill Kippers
Ill Kippers is a boutique production company founded by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Joe Derrick focusing on scripted and unscripted films, television, documentaries and podcasts. Upcoming, the company is producing the BBC and CBS Studios drama series, KING AND CONQUERER, starring Nikolaj and James Norton.  The series is based on William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings. Last year, the company produced RADIOMAN, a ten-part Audible Original crime drama podcast co-created by Derrick and Coster-Waldau with Derrick also writing the series and Coster-Waldau voicing the lead role. The podcast featured an original score and immersive sound design by Peabody award-winning Benbrick. Inspired by the true story of Dimiter Kenarov, Radioman tells the story of a former DJ and an old friend who start a podcast to investigate local crimes, setting them down a path filled with betrayal, social media fame and murders. Ill Kippers also produced the Netflix film, AGAINST THE ICE, which Coster-Waldau co-wrote with Derrick and starred in opposite Joe Cole. The film was based on Ejnar Mikkelsen’s novel of the same name and follows two explorers (Coster-Waldau and Cole) on a Denmark expedition to ice-covered Greenland in 1909. AGAINST THE ICE premiered at The Berlin Film Festival in February 2022.

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