“Space Dive” doc goes global

The special documenting Felix Baumgartner's record-breaking skydive has been sold to 13 countries by BBC Worldwide.
November 30, 2012

BBC Worldwide has sold Space Dive, the documentary chronicling Felix Baumgartner’s record-breaking skydive from 128,100 feet above the Earth’s surface, to broadcasters in 13 countries.

VRT in Belgium, DR in Denmark, YLE in Finland, RTL in Germany, VPRO in Holland, France 4, Russia 2, NRK in Norway, Channel News Asia in Singapore, Chosun in Korea, TVP in Poland, Kompas TV in Indonesia and Sportsnet in Canada have all bought the doc.

Space Dive, a BBC/National Geographic coproduction, features footage from 20 cameras covering the jump itself, and also reveals how the team came close to aborting the mission hours beforehand, while also looking back at the four years of preparation and training for the October 14 event, which went down in history as the highest and fastest freefall to date. Baumgartner also became, through the jump, the first person to skydive through the sound barrier.

“Felix Baumgartner’s space dive was a truly extraordinary event played out in front of a global audience,” said Steve Macallister, president and managing director for sales and distribution at BBC Worldwide.

“Now with the Space Dive documentary viewers all over the world will have the chance to step behind-the-scenes and see just what went into this epic mission and experience the jump through Baumgartner’s eyes.”

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