Unscripted

Weather Channel greenlights “Prospectors”

High Noon Entertainment has been tapped to produce a series on miners searching for the rarest gems, for a 2013 premiere on U.S. net The Weather Channel.
September 21, 2012

High Noon Entertainment has been tapped to produce a series on miners searching for the rarest gems, for a 2013 premiere on U.S. cable net The Weather Channel.

Prospectors (w/t) is a 9 x 30-minute series following a small ragtag group who brave Colorado’s mountains to find precious gems, including topaz, aquamarine and rhodochrosite.

Colorado has North America’s highest elevations, at 14,000 feet above sea level, there’s 50% less oxygen than normal, with extreme weather, including twice as many lightning strikes, hurricane force winds, and vicious storms that move in without warning.

The series joins The Weather Channel’s growing slate of original series, including Coast Guard Alaska, Iron Men, Lifeguard! Coast Guard Florida, Braving the Element’s, and the tent-pole series Tipping Points.

“I can’t imagine anyone facing the kind of danger the group in Prospectors faces on a daily basis, yet this gang simply can’t resist the call of the fortune awaiting them,” said Michael Dingley, senior VP of content and development for The Weather Channel Companies. “It’s a thrilling, and sometimes terrifying, journey to watch them pursue their riches at all costs.”

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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