‘Climate film industry is dying’ – Eco Eye producer to shut down after 20 years

Marcus Stewart’s most ambitious and expensive documentary to date will also be his last as a changing industry is making public service content difficult to fund

A still from ‘Rising Tides: Ireland’s Future in a Warmer World’: The programme cost €750,000, making it one of the most expensive Irish nature programmes

The leading documentary producer behind the Eco Eye series will close after 20 years, citing the lack of funding for environmental media.

Marcus Stewart, who along with his father Duncan is a producer with Earth Horizon Productions, warned that a changing media landscape, with reduced television advertising and more people using streaming platforms, had made it impossible to locate funding for environmental programmes.

Stewart was speaking before his last and most ambitious project airs on RTÉ this Wednesday, Rising Tides: Ireland’s Future in a Warmer World.