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into Focus since 2019

Shark Week

Tandem’s first foray into mainstream broadcast television was in 2016 with Tiburones: Sharks of Cuba for Discovery Channel’s flagship franchise Shark Week. As the first, officially sanctioned production to legally enter Cuba since the U.S. embargo, Tandem assembled a coalition of key partners both stateside as well as in Cuba,

including the Environmental Defense Fund, Mote Marine Laboratory, Mundo Latino Television and the University of Havana’s Centro de Investigaciones Marinas (CIM). The show continues to re-air during Shark Week and is one of the most watched episodes in the franchise history.

Photo gallery: Shark Week in Cuba

Original Programming

Building off of this success, Discovery entered into an exclusive relationship with Tandem Stills Motion, Inc. in 2019, with a concept-to-completion production agreement that would shape nature conservation programming at the network, with Tandem’s founder, Ian Shive, as the on-camera host and executive producer of the content. Since then, Tandem has launched the critically acclaimed discovery+ original documentary The Last Unknown, discovery+ Immersions: Secret Islands of the Pacific, and over 70 episodes of the digital series Nature in Focus. The digital series has garnered hundreds of millions of views and is one of the most prolific digital series on Discovery, highlighting conservation efforts around the globe from rescuing sea turtles along the Texas gulf coast, to exploring ancient lava tubes in the California desert.

  • Nature in Focus

    Nature in Focus is written, edited and produced by Tandem Stills Motion, Inc. It is one of the first multi-platform series in Discovery’s history, with the episodes being featured across networks including Discovery, Animal Planet, TRVL, Science Channel, Food Network and HGTV. The episodes appear at
    , on Instagram as stories and IGTV episodes, IG reels, Facebook, Tik Tok, Twitter and on broadcast.

  • The Last Unknown

    The Last Unknown: The Aleutian Islands is a TV/Digital Mini Series streaming on discovery+ that takes us on a daring, high-seas adventure in remote Alaska that reveals a series of wildlife spectacles, a forgotten war bunker, and the great battles of the Northern Fur Seals as seen through the lens of award-winning photographer Ian Shive. Filmed on location with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. You can find the trailer here on

  • discovery+ Immersions: Secret Islands of the Pacific

    On this episode of discovery+ Immersions: Secret Islands of the Pacific, we embark on a visual journey through the lens of photographer and filmmaker Ian Shive to experience remote and protected Pacific coral atolls, the birthplace of millions of turtles, seabirds, sharks, manta rays and fish. The episode appears on discovery+ and their YouTube channel.

Nature in Focus

Check out some of our latest episodes!

Nature in Focus | Photographing Dark Skies: By thinking about light in a new way, Ian captures stunning photos of a starry night and shares tips for how you can reduce your light pollution for International Dark Sky Week and every day.

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Nature in Focus | Big Thicket National Preserve: Big Thicket National Preserve in Texas is a nature lover's dream. Ian goes on the search for a meat-eater that doesn't have teeth. Believe it or not, it's actually a plant!

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Nature in Focus | Yellowstone National Park, Generations of Beauty and History: Ian Shive tells the story of Yellowstone's rich history that goes beyond its 150th anniversary as a National Park.

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Nature in Focus | Mojave Rock Art: Photographer Ian Shive journeys to a remote area of Mojave National Preserve in California to document petroglyphs and pictographs, or rock art, from the time period before Christopher Columbus.

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The Last Unknown

The Aleutian Islands are one of the most inaccessible, remote and wild places on Earth. Located in the freezing sea between Siberia and Alaska, it’s a place only few have had the chance to witness. The archipelago is comprised of 14 large volcanoes and 55 smaller ones, making it one of the most volcanic places in the world. But it’s that very same volcanic activity that is key to the success of the wildlife that thrive there.

In an all-new discovery+ documentary, conservationist and nature photographer Ian Shive joins the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service in a daring, on a one-of-a-kind research mission to document the wonders of one of the most pristine ecosystems across the globe.


Photo gallery: The Aleutian Islands