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MIPTV Picks: Licence to Drill

The 'dangerous job' subgenre of non-fiction programming doesn't show any signs of slowing down or losing popularity.
March 31, 2010


The ‘dangerous job’ subgenre of non-fiction programming doesn’t show any signs of slowing down or losing popularity. Many of us find it extremely captivating to catch glimpses of hardy men and women toiling away at some onerous task – even better if the toiling takes place in an inhospitable environment. Well, now TV viewers can add natural gas drilling in the harsh Canadian north to their viewing schedules. This series, originally produced for Discovery Channel Canada, captures the gritty reality faced by teams of drillers as they risk life and limb for what can be a substantial reward. Makes that paper cut you got in the office last week seem a little bit inconsequential, doesn’t it?

Partners: Produced by Pixcom (Montreal) for Discovery Channel Canada

Aired: January/February, 2010 (Canada)

Length: 6 x 45 mins

Rights available: Worldwide, excluding Canada

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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