Unscripted

Discovery, Sundance Productions head to “The West”

Discovery Channel has commissioned Sundance Productions and Stephen David Entertainment to produce The West, a series exploring "the wilderness, frontier lawlessness, and bloodshed" of the Wild West.
December 17, 2013

Discovery Channel has commissioned Sundance Productions and Stephen David Entertainment to produce The West, a series exploring “the wilderness, frontier lawlessness, and bloodshed” of the Wild West.

The series, premiering on the U.S. cable network in 2014, will look at the 40 years between the end of the American Civil War and after the turn of the 20th Century, “when the West was won.” The series is a copro between Stephen David (The Men Who Built America) and Sundance (All the President’s Men Revisited).

The West will expose the triumphs, tragedies and legendary characters who gave rise to the taming of the American West,” said Eileen O’Neill, group president of Discovery and TLC Networks. “We are excited to partner with Stephen David Entertainment and again with Robert Redford and Sundance Productions to bring these enduring stories to Discovery.”

Stephen David, Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn will serve as executive producers, while Michael Sorensen is the EP for Discovery Channel.

In a joint statement, Sundance Productions principals Redford and Michalchyshyn said: “The stories of the American West are epic and profound with some of the biggest, most renowned and mythologized characters. We are thrilled to be partnering with Stephen David to bring this series to the world.”

David added: “After the Civil War, the Western frontier becomes this place where if you wanted something, you took it. Whether you were fighting for land, money or pride, sooner or later, you found yourself on one end of a gun or another.”

Independent distributor DRG has acquired international rights to distribute The West outside of North America.

 

 

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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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